Sunday, June 26, 2022

Toronto under severe thunderstorm warning with hail expected

Most of southern Ontario is being hit by a severe thunderstorm, with gusting winds knocking down wires and trees.

Environment Canada issued a weather warning early afternoon on Saturday, saying that “conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms.”

They warned that winds could blast through at a speed of up to 100 kilometers an hour and that hail the size of a nickle could fall on the city.

“A line of severe thunderstorms currently just west of Kitchener is moving northeast over the area,” the weather warning said. “Strong wind gusts and hail are possible with this line.”

At around 12:45 pm a mobile alert was sent to phones warning residents to “take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.”

The storm hit the Greater Toronto Area hard, causing multiple power outages and traffic concerns.

Peel Regional Police say that traffic lights are out at a couple intersections in Brampton, Ont. A tree has also fallen across a roadway.

MeanwhileToronto police are urging residents to call 3-1-1 for storm-related issues and that the service’s non-emergency lines will be temporarily closed due to the storm.

“Please use 9-1-1 lines for emergencies only,” they said.

A Hydro One map shows multiple active outages across southern Ontario. The agency says they are responding to these incidents as “quickly and safely as possible.”

The Toronto Hydro power outage map is currently down for maintenance.

According to Environment Canada, there is a 60 per cent chance of showers continuing into the evening.

The rain is going to be paired with some high humidity, with the temperature resting at about 27 C, feeling like 34 C.

The wet weather is expected to continue on Sunday, although the temperature won’t be as muggy at 19 C.

The holiday Monday looks to be a mix of sun and cloud, with a high of 17 C.

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