Environment Canada says a large section of central and eastern Ontario could face strong storms with thunder and lightning, heavy rainfall and possibly tornadoes on Sunday.
The federal weather agency placed many municipalities under various warnings and watches — including tornado, severe thunderstorm and rainfall — on Sunday afternoon. The storms could last into the evening, Environment Canada said.
The advisories stretch further east than Ottawa and as far west as Innisfil, near Barrie. They include Peterborough, Kingston, Belleville, Smiths Falls and sections of Ontario’s cottage country, including Haliburton, Algonquin and Bancroft.
The Ottawa, Cornwall-Morrisburg, Smiths Falls and Brockville areas were all placed under a tornado warnings late afternoon, but they were all lifted by 5:20 p.m.
Southwest of Ottawa, in Camden, photos posted to social media showed broken trees and downed power lines and poles after stormy weather reportedly passed through the area.
The following areas in Ontario remain under less severe tornado watches, which means conditions are “favourable” for the formation of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.
- Bancroft-Bon Echo Park
- Brockville-Leeds and Grenville
- City of Ottawa
- Parry Sound-Muskoka
- Peterborough-Kawartha Lakes
- Prescott and Russell
- Renfrew-Pembroke-Barry’s Bay
- Smiths Falls-Lanark-Sharbot Lake
- Stirling-Tweed-South Frontenac
Those areas are seeing heavy downpours, hail and lightning strikes, according to Global News weather specialist Carla Bosacki.
“You’re really going to be under watches and warnings for the next couple of hours because the humidity in the air is really high as well,” she said. “So that just increases the chances of tornadoes in that area.”
Environment Canada urged residents in or near affected areas to “take necessary safety precautions” and to look out for updated weather statements from the agency.
“In the event of a tornado, or if a tornado warning is issued for your area, it is recommended you take the following actions: go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell or interior closet,” the agency said.
“Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelters, and move to a strong building if you can. As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris.”
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The storm passed over the Greater Toronto Area earlier Sunday, dumping 70 millimetres of rain in some areas, Bosacki said.
“The Don River, for instance, has started to flood, so that’s causing concern. And there (are) flood warnings in place for the Don River in the Toronto area,” she said.
Full details on the weather alerts for each location are available on Environment Canada’s website.
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