Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Niagara Region this afternoon

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Published June 21, 2021 at 6:23 pm

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Just before 2 pm, Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch for later this afternoon (June 21) for the entire Niagara Region from Niagara Falls and Fort Erie north to Grimsby.

The warning said, “Conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.”

Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions suggest the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

The warning said this afternoon’s potential storm could see wind gusts up to 100 km/h, the possibility of hail up to 3 cm in diameter and flash rainfall bringing down 25-to-50 mm of water in an hour or less.

The warning added, “Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors.”

If and when the storm hits this afternoon, Niagara Region residents are strongly urged to take cover immediately, preferably indoors.

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