Strong winds, severe thunderstorms expected today

Christopher Davidson
September 23, 2018

Friday's forecast is for strong southwesterly winds of 70 to 80 km/h with even higher gusts during expected thunderstorms as a cold front tracks across the region sweeping away a sticky day. Winds will then diminish overnight, Environment Canada said.

Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur, Environment Canada stated. Debris and loose objects could be sent airborne by the gusts, the agency warned. Huron-Perth is under a wind warning.

People are also encouraged to leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelter, and move to a solid building if possible.

Thunderstorms are expected to develop ahead of a cold front beginning this afternoon.

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According to Environment Canada, conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms across the region which have the possibly to produce tornadoes.

Environment Canada says these storms can bring with them "damaging wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain".

This line of severe thunderstorms is located from 10 kilometres northwest of Crerar to Parker Landing, moving east at 75 km/h. Be prepared for severe weather.

"Persons in or near this area should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions", the agency said. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year.

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