Environment Canada issues severe thunderstorm watch for Toronto

May 1 2017, 3:39 pm

In case your can’t tell from just looking out your window… it’s raining in Toronto today and it’s only expected to get worse.

Environment Canada is warning of threatening weather including issuing a severe thunderstorm watch with winds capable of gusting up to 90 km/hour, and rainfall up to 25 mm into this afternoon and evening.

According to the thunderstorm watch, “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.”

Environment Canada’s full warning is as follows:

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts up to 90 km/h and heavy rain this afternoon and early evening.

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.

Stay dry, Toronto!

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