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Severe Weather Warning issued for southern and central Ontario includes severe thunderstorms and high winds


TORONTO, May 21, 2022 – The talk among those filling up at the high price gas pumps is that because it is Victoria Day weekend, the Toronto area will also get a bout of bad weather. And right on cue today, at 1:06 p.m. EDT, Environment Canada meteorologists have announced that they are tracking “a very dangerous thunderstorm capable of producing destructive wind gusts and up to toonie size hail to Toronto and the surrounding areas.

This line of severe thunderstorms is located from Kettleby to 11 kilometres east of Bronte, moving east at 80 km/h.

The severe weather warning may also include wind gusts of up to 130 km/h along with “nickel to toonie size hail.”

The storm, however is expected to be short lived and should pass through by early afternoon.

Locations impacted by severe thunderstorms include:

Toronto, Brampton, Oakville, Mississauga, Vaughan, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Markham, Pickering, Oshawa, King City, Aurora, Downtown Toronto, Uxbridge, Ajax, Port Perry, Whitby, Bolton, Schomberg and Woodbridge.

Environment Canada warns: “This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Widespread and extremely strong wind gusts can destroy buildings with tornado-like damage, flatten large stands of trees and blow vehicles off the road. Locally heavy rain is also possible. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!”

Meanwhile the entire Vic Day weekend forecast looks like this:

Saturday, May 21 will be cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm early this evening. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 15.

Sunday May 22 will be similar to Saturday, cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers in the morning. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light near noon. High 19. UV index 5 or moderate, while on Sunday night there will be Cloudy periods with a

Monday May 23 will deliver a mix of suna and cloud with a High of 17, while at night it will be clear for stargazing with a Low of 7.

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

For more information: http://www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/beprepared/beprepared.html.

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