Tornado risk as Toronto’s thunderstorm watch upgraded to warning

Jul 19 2020, 10:31 am

Toronto’s thunderstorm watch has officially been upgraded to a warning on Sunday, bringing with it the risk of a tornado.

According to Environment Canada, its meteorologists are tracking a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing very strong wind gusts and heavy rain.

This line of severe thunderstorms starts near Lake Simcoe to Long Point, moving east at 70 km/h. The agency says there is a chance of wind gusts up to 100 km/h and the “risk of a tornado.”

Besides Toronto, the weather agency says that Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Pickering, Fort Erie and Oshawa are all being impacted.

Toronto’s Fire Chief, Matthew Pegg, took to Twitter to remind people to stay vigilant.

“Stay the length of a large school bus away from any downed wires and watch out for flying debris,” he added.

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