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Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Toronto and GTA


Environment Canada warns that severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes

TORONTO, ON, September 15, 2021 – At 11:35 p.m. EDT, Environment Canada meteorologists have issued a severe thunderstorm warning for most of southern Ontario this evening and overnight. Canada’s trusted weather source are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, nickel to ping pong ball size hail and heavy rain.

The worst of the storm initially was reported to be just north

This line of severe thunderstorms is located from Sharbot Lake Provincial Park to Georgetown to 11 kilometres south of Clear Creek, moving southeast at 65 km/h. These severe thunderstorms linger along a strong cold front that is expected to move southeast across the regions tonight.

The cold front and thunderstorms will move to the southeast of the area by early Wednesday morning.

Nickle Size Hail and power outages possible

Wind gusts could reach as high as 110 km/h warns Environment Canada along with nickel size hail.

Power outages are also possible.

Locations impacted include:
Hamilton, Toronto, Simcoe, Milton, Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Pickering, Fort Erie, Oshawa, Cobourg, Belleville, Kingston, Long Point, Ancaster, Dundas, Caledonia and Waterdown.

Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develops.

Environment Canada also warns that severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes.

Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

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@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

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

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