Storm warning ends for GTA
A severe thunderstorm warning has ended for Toronto after the city received a blast of the same weather system that caused tornados in Arkansas earlier in the week.
Three possible tornados were reported in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.
Heavy rain hit pockets of Toronto Wednesday afternoon, but the worst is over, according to Environment Canada.
The city received calls from residents about fallen tree branches and blocked drains, according to spokesperson Rob Andrusevich.
“The system has gone through and we don’t have any more risk of severe weather tonight,” meteorologist Bryan Tugwood said at around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The most the city may see is light showers tonight, he added. The storm path, about 30 km wide, moved quickly through the city just after 4 p.m.
It is headed east and is expected to reach Ottawa late Wednesday. The storm hit the Kitchener area after 3 p.m. with heavy rain and winds gusting just under 110 km/h.
A probable tornado touched down in Fergus, in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, just after 3:30 p.m., Tugwood said.
Some damage to commercial buildings and hydro poles was reported by an Environment Canada-trained observer, he added.
Two possible tornados were spotted in the towns of Ayr and Breslau, Tugwood said. The pattern of debris left behind will need to be analyzed before Environment Canada can confirm whether any tornados touched down, he said.
Hail of two centimetres fell in areas around London Wednesday morning, but there were no signs of hail in Kitchener.
Environment Canada is urging people to pay attention to the weather conditions because they could change quickly.
“Thunderstorms are the least predictable systems to predict,” said Tugwood, adding that meteorologists are tracking a complex low-pressure system into the Great Lakes region.
This system is expected to bring a total of 20 to 30 millimetres rain across the region.
On Monday and Tuesday the same system brought tornados that tore through a small central Arkansas town, as well as areas just north of Little Rock.
About nine people died because of the severe weather that hit the state. In the summer of 2009, the city of Vaughan declared a state of emergency after a tornado touched down, damaging a number of houses and leaving more than 100 people without a home.
With files from Donovan Vincent, Gloria Er-Chua and Daniela Germano