VIDEO: Rainfall Pounding Windsor, Tecumseh And LaSalle
Environment Canada has ended its Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Windsor-Essex as of 8:20pm. An upgraded warning had been ceased shortly before 5:30pm.
Meteorologists are tracking a cluster of dangerous thunderstorms capable of producing strong winds and flooding rain. Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue to develop over the Windsor area. Radar and observations show 80 to 150 mm (3 to 6 in) of rain has fallen between LaSalle and Tecumseh over the last four hours.
A further 50 mm (2 in) of rain is expected this afternoon and into this evening. Higher amounts are possible.
Environment Canada's Goeff Coulson says 50 mm (2 in) of rain is possible tonight and overnight as well.
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens held an emergeny news conference at 6pm.
He reported 170 mm (6.7 in) of rainfall was recorded at the Grand Marais drain. In the heavy rainfall event in September 2016, the amount was 230 mm (9 in) of rainfall in a short period of time.
Dilkens says a State of Emergency won't be declared, but city staff and emergency services will be working around the clock to ensure the safety of the community.
The city continues to urge residents to call the 311 service to report damage or clear up any questions. The service was temporarily down this afternoon after being inundated with calls, but was brought back online.
There are a number of closures across the affected area.
The EC Row was shutdown by police, but has since reopened.
Windsor Regional Hospital has had to close the ER at its Met Campus because of ground floor flooding. In the interim people in need of ER services are being asked to go to the Ouellette Ave. campus or the hospital in Leamington.
Devonshire Mall is closed and had been evacuated. Clean-up is underway and the mall is expected to re-open Wednesday morning.
There have been changes made to the LaSalle Hangout for Youth event today due to the whether instead of having the 3-on-3 basketball game the youth are going to the LaSalle Fire Department at 6:30pm for a tour and a BBQ.
The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.
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