Environment Canada issues a severe thunderstorm watch for Toronto

Aug 9 2018, 7:51 pm

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Toronto on Thursday.

According to the weather agency, conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

“The threat of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and early this evening is associated with a cold front moving across Southern Ontario. Thunderstorms are also possible well in advance of the front,” states the watch.

While the watch is in effect for a large area, Environment Canada says that severe thunderstorms will be very isolated.

“Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles,” warns Environment Canada. “Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.”

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.

After what the city experienced earlier this week, hopefully this passes through with no damage.

Stay safe, Toronto.

Environment Canada

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