SW Ontario under severe thunderstorm watch

Severe thunderstorms cause downed hydro lines, power outages

Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop throughout the afternoon as a cold front moves through the region.

A severe thunderstorm blew through the London area Wednesday afternoon bringing high winds, pelting rain and power outages.

At 1:46 p.m. EDT, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing very strong wind gusts and up to nickel size hail.

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Environment Canada says you should continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by the service. Chatham-Kent and Windsor-Essex remain under a severe thunderstorm watch.

"Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles", Environment Canada's weather advisory reads.

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that anyone outdoors take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

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