Tornado warning issued for southern Ontario
Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Toronto briefly Sunday afternoon.
“One particular thunderstorm cluster is now moving, at this moment, southeast at 100 kilometres per hour and producing also very strong gusts, close to 90 km/h,” said meteorologist Sarah Wong during the storm.
That cluster was right over Toronto, with torrential rain drenching the city. Twenty to 40 millimetres rain fell in no more than 15 minutes, Wong said.
The warning was downgraded to a watch shortly after 3:20 p.m.
But the agency has issued a tornado warning for Goderich, Bluewater, Southern Huron County, Stratford, Mitchell and Southern Perth County.
There is a severe thunderstorm over Southern Lake Huron that is moving to the southeast at 75 km/hr. and may develop into a tornado, Environment Canada says.
Meanwhile, much of southern Ontario continues to be under a severe thunderstorm watch, Wong said.
The alert warns of conditions that could lead to severe storms Sunday afternoon and evening.
Wind gusts of up to 90 km/h, hail of up to 2 centimetres in diameter, and heavy downpours are likely in severe thunderstorms, the agency says. Tornadoes are also possible.
None were reported in the GTA, Wong said. However, a potential sighting came in from Gananoque, east of Kingston.
Wong said the storms should clear by no later than 9 p.m. Sunday.
With files from Amanda Kwan