Tornado watches for Toronto, GTA come to an end

Pablo Tucker
August 5, 2020

Environment Canada was tracking a severe storm and at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday, issued a tornado warning for northern areas of Wellington County including Mount Forest and Arthur.

"Conditions are favourable this afternoon for the development of severe thunderstorms which may produce brief tornadoes", the tornado alert reads.

A tornado watch is in effect for Toronto and several GTA municipalities. The watch was upgraded to a warning for Dufferin-Innisfil and Halton-Peel at the same time.

The storm could bring heavy downpours, lightening and strong wind gusts which can "toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles".

Tornado warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing tornadoes.

"This is a unsafe and potentially life-threatening situation", Environment Canada said at the time.

The weather agency issued the warnings as a severe thunderstorm made its way east across Ontario. Residents of these regions are advised to take shelter immediately if threatening weather approaches.

People in these areas are being warned to take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

It's recommended to stay in rooms on the lowest floor of a home and to stay away from outside walls and windows.

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