Ontario hit by severe thunderstorms


A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Toronto and most of the GTA for the next few hours, according to Environment Canada.

“Conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms which may be capable of producing strong gusty winds and large hail,” the federal weather agency said.

Environment Canada says wind gusts of up to 100 kilometers per hour and dollar-sized hail are possible in some locations.

“This is a dangerous and life-threatening situation. Large hail can damage property and cause injury,” Environment Canada said in a statement.

“Widespread and extremely strong gusts of wind can destroy buildings with tornado-like damage, flatten large stands of trees and knock vehicles off the road.”

Environment Canada says wind gusts of up to 100 kilometers per hour and nickel-sized hail are possible in some locations. (John Rieti/CBC)

The weather agency says heavy rain is also possible.

Locations affected by thunderstorms include:

  • Hamilton.
  • Toronto.
  • Milton.
  • Burlington.
  • Brampton.
  • Oakville.
  • Mississauga.
  • Vaughan.
  • Richmond Hill.
  • Markham.
  • Erin,.
  • Halton Hills.
  • Ancastrian.
  • Dundas.
  • Water down.
  • Caledon.
  • City of the King.
  • Dawn.
  • Downtown Toronto.
  • Rockwood.
Environment Canada issued an emergency alert on Saturday afternoon as thunderstorms blanketed Ontario. (John Reiti/CBC)

If visibility is reduced while driving, motorists are advised to slow down, watch the tail lights and be prepared to stop.

Thousands in Mississauga without power

Meanwhile, thousands of customers in Mississauga are without power due to the storm, according to Alectra Utilities.

Thousands of customers in Mississauga are without power due to the storm, according to Alectra Utilities. (Radio Canada)