Tornado watch issued for Ottawa and eastern Ontario

A tornado watch has been issued for Ottawa and eastern Ontario.

Areas included in the watch are Ottawa, Gatineau, Pembroke, Renfrew, Prescott and Russell, Barry's Bay, Smiths Falls and Perth.

According to Environment Canada, several thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and early evening. Strong wind, hail, and torrential downpours with 50 mm of rain are possible.

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends taking cover if threatening or dangerous weather approaches.

More information on how to stay safe during weather events is available here.