Significant summer storm surprises Essex County Monday night

 

 

By Jolene Perron

 

An estimated total of up to 140 mm of rain in some areas was reported to Environment Canada after Monday evening’s thunderstorms.

“These storms can happen from time to time but certainly these rainfall amounts falling in such a short period of time are relatively rare events fortunately,” explains Geoff Coulson, warning and preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada. “In the Amherstburg area itself, we have a couple of volunteer observations of anywhere between 30 mm and 70 mm. In other parts of the county, central parts of the county, one volunteer observation showed an excess of 140 mm, and then up towards Tecumseh and the shores of Lake St. Clair, we had amounts of 100 mm, to 113 mm.”

Heavy rainfall hit the area Monday night with Environment Canada having issued a rainfall warning for Windsor-Essex County that lasted Monday evening and into Tuesday morning. While the warning ended in the early morning hours of Tuesday, the rain continued.

Heavy rainfall hit the area Monday night with Environment Canada having issued a rainfall warning for Windsor-Essex County that lasted Monday evening and into Tuesday morning. While the warning ended in the early morning hours of Tuesday, the rain continued.

Coulson continued to say the strong series of thunderstorms rolled through the county last night, with the heaviest rainfall starting between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., and finally tapering off around 11 p.m. While they are still checking through social media to see if there are any reports of significant flooding, currently it doesn’t look like there have been any major damages.

“It’s still a bit of an unsettled day for the area,” Coulson stated Tuesday morning. “We are still forecasting some thunderstorm activity. At this point we aren’t necessarily expecting the thunderstorms to be as significant as they were (Monday) evening, but the forecasters will be keeping a close eye on things.”

If anyone does have significant flood damages from the storms last evening, Coulson said they would be more than welcome to send Environment Canada a report at their e-mail address, storm.ontario@ec.gc.ca.

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