UPDATE: Severe thunderstorm warning ends for Ottawa

A tornado watch remains in effect for Ottawa and surrounding areas.

A severe thunderstorm warning has ended for Ottawa, but Environment Canada has issued a tornado warning for parts of eastern Ontario while a tornado watch remains in effect for Ottawa and surrounding areas.

The advisory came just before 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 16, and noted that conditions are favorable for a possible one or two tornadoes, with gusts from 90 km/h to 110 km/h, while producing nickel-sized hail to ping-pong size.

“Conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms that can cause tornadoes,” the Environment Canada consultancy said. “Strong winds, large hail and heavy rain are also possible.”

“Large hail can damage property and cause injury,” Environment Canada said. ‚ÄúStrong gusts of wind can throw loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches from trees and overturn large vehicles. Remember that severe thunderstorms can cause tornadoes. Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when impending or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or produce one or more of the next: great hail, damaging winds, torrential rains.”

CityNews meteorologist Natasha Ramsahai said: The Sam Laprade Show on Thursday, June 16 that the tornado watch could have been issued a little earlier.

“We started to see the storms coming when the watch was released,” she said. “If that could’ve been issued a little earlier in the day, a good four to six hours in advance, that could’ve prepared people and they’d have time to go to the store and get batteries or something like that.”

Ramsahai stressed that Ottawa is under a tornado watch, not a warning.

“We predict and issue tornado warnings with the precision that the National Weather Service in the United States did in the 1990s,” she said.

Hydro Ottawa said its crews are ready for the weather event, while crews are on standby and ready to respond. If outages occur, Hydro Ottawa said it will provide recovery times after assessing the extent of the damage. The utility also warns customers to expect extended power outages.

Listen to the full interview with Natasha Ramsahai below:

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