Severe thunderstorms could bring 50 to 75 mm of rain, funnel clouds to Windsor-Essex Friday

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Environment Canada says severe thunderstorms could bring 50 to 75 mm of rain to the region this Friday afternoon.   (Dale Molnar/CBC - image credit)
Environment Canada says severe thunderstorms could bring 50 to 75 mm of rain to the region this Friday afternoon. (Dale Molnar/CBC - image credit)

Severe thunderstorms could bring 50 to 75 millimetres of rain and funnel clouds to Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent Friday afternoon, according to an alert from Environment Canada.

The weather agency issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the regions Friday and said the cluster of storms extends from Chatham to the LaSalle and Windsor areas.

It said "heavy" rainfall amounts are possible, with downpours likely to cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.

"If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop. Fast moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle away," the alert reads.

It also states that funnel clouds are created through weak rotation that is developed under "rapidly growing clouds or weak thunderstorms."

The alert said normally these weak rotations aren't dangerous near the ground, but "there is a chance that this rotation could intensify and become a weak landspout tornado."

Environment Canada also reminded people to take cover if threatening weather approaches.

This is one of several severe thunderstorm warnings and watches that have been issued for the region in recent weeks.

The region is also under a heat warning for this upcoming weekend. Temperatures are expected to soar into the low 30s, according to Environment Canada.

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