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Airshow London cancels Friday events due to severe weather

The threat of severe thunderstorms has grounded the launch of the 4th annual Airshow London, which was set to start at 4 p.m. Friday.

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for London and the surrounding area

A pair of RCAF Snowbirds landing at the London International Airport on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 ahead of the 4th annual Airshow London. (Travis Dolynny/CBC)

The threat of severe thunderstorms has grounded the launch of the 4th annual Airshow London, which was set to start at 4 p.m. Friday.

Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch for London, Parkhill, Strathroy, Komoka and Middlesex County at 1:30 p.m. Friday, warning of winds gusting up to 100 km/h and heavy rainfall. The national weather service also warns the storms have the potential to produce tornadoes.

Organizers of Airshow London cancelled events scheduled from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in full.

"Safety is the number one priority for spectators, volunteers and performers and even though it is a disappointing decision to make, it is the correct one," Airshow London said in a statement.

Events planned for Saturday and Sunday will go ahead as planned, with the forecast calling for sunny skies.

Ticket holders for Friday's events will be admitted for entry on Saturday or Sunday. Friday's photo pit passes will also be honoured on Saturday or Sunday.

Airshow London is one of Canada's premiere aviation spectacles, featuring dynamic air performances including planes, jets and parachutes. The non-profit organization supports the Children's Hospital Foundation and several veterans' charities.

For more information, or to contact the organizers, visit their website.