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Tornado watch issued for Ottawa-Gatineau area

Environment Canada is forecasting conditions that could cause strong thunderstorms and a tornado late Thursday afternoon and evening in and around Ottawa-Gatineau.

Tornado watches first issued around 11 a.m. cover Ottawa, Gatineau, western Quebec and eastern Ontario communities east of Ottawa to the Quebec border, west to Petawawa and Barry’s Bay and south to Gananoque and Kaladar.

Hail, heavy rain and strong wind gusts may also happen, it says.

Tornado watches mean storms could develop that could lead to a tornado. Tornado warnings mean a tornado has been reported or there’s reliable information one is about to happen.

Tornadoes hit the area three weeks ago and a strong wind and hailstorm hit last Friday.

Environment Canada ended its severe thunderstorm warning for Renfrew, Arnprior and Calabogie at about 5 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm watch covers the rest of eastern Ontario.

A weather map with a region highlighted in yellow.
There is a tornado watch in the highlighted part of eastern Ontario, along with all of western Quebec, for late afternoon and evening Aug. 3, 2023. The rest of eastern Ontario has a severe thunderstorm watch. (Environment Canada)

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