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Severe thunderstorm headed for Toronto along with hail and very high winds

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ECCC issues severe thunderstorm warning for Southern Ontario with possible torrential rain, hail and extremely high winds

TORONTO, ON, September 7, 2021 – Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Toronto and most of Southern Ontario for late afternoon and into the evening today. ECCC says the storm could be accompanied by hail, powerful winds and heavy rainfall in certain areas.

Canada’s trusted weather source states, “Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms late this afternoon into this evening.

“Some of these thunderstorms will be capable of producing wind gusts up to 100 km/h, large hail up to 2 cm in diameter and locally heavy rainfall.”

ECCC warns large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce 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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