A Tornado Watch has been issued for Ottawa area

Ottawa severe thunderstorm watch

What to do if there is a tornado warning

OTTAWA, June 15, 2022 – As the capital region is recovering from last month’s severe storm that downed numerous power lines, trees and more, a tornado watch has been issued for Ottawa and much of eastern Ontario by Environment and Climate Change Canada. ECCC says a tornado or two possible during the severe thunderstorm headed to the nations’ fapital, with winds up to 110 km/h.

“Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms which may produce tornadoes. Strong winds, large hail and heavy rain are also possible,” reads the special weather statement for the Ottawa area.

Here are the details from ECCC.

Tornado watch in effect for:

Ottawa North – Kanata – Orléans

Ottawa South – Richmond – Metcalfe


A tornado or two possible

Wind gusts of 90 to 110 km/h

Nickel to ping pong ball size hail


This afternoon and early this evening


Thunderstorms are expected to develop early this afternoon with the potential for quick intensification as they progress eastward. A tornado or two will be possible this afternoon before the threat transitions to primarily wind.

This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation.

Be prepared for severe weather. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches.

What to do if a tornado warning has been issued for your area

In the event of a tornado, or if a tornado warning is issued for your area, it is recommended you take the following actions:

Go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell or interior closet.

Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelter, and move to a strong building if you can.

As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris.

Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

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

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

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