Severe weather alerts residents across Windsor-Essex, Chatham-Kent
Lightning strikes east Mesa, Ariz., Friday, July 29, 2016. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via AP)
A bit of a scare for residents across Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent.
Environment Canada had issued a tornado warning for the region, as well as Sarnia-Lambton, around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday as severe thunderstorms moved into the region.
Meteorologists had warned about damaging winds, large hail and locally intense rainfall with potentially life-threatening situations.
They reported the heavy systems were located near Amherstburg, Belle River, LaSalle, Wallaceburg and Walpole Island.
The tornado warning was lifted around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
A number of roads in the region were flooded due to the heavy rains.
Thousands of Windsor area residents also lost electricity Tuesday night due to the storms.
When there is a tornado warning, residents are encouraged to take shelter immediately by going into a basement or bathroom and away from outside walls and windows.
Tornado warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing tornadoes.