Severe thunderstorm alert CANCELLED
Thunderstorm over Barrie Saturday night. More thunderstorms are predicted for Barrie, Orillia and Collingwood areas Sunday afternoon and evening. PHOTO: KELSEY CANNING
UPDATED: SEVERE THUNDERSTORM ALERT FOR BARRIE AREA CANCELLED
Don’t pack away the emergency supplies just yet.
Environment Canada is forecasting severe thunderstorms for southern Ontario Sunday afternoon into the early evening hours.
In a released statement, the federal weather alert system said the Barrie, Collingwood, Hillsdale areas, as well as Midland, Coldwater, Orr Lake, Orillia, Lagoon City and Washago could experience damaging winds, torrential downpours and large hail.
Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.
The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.
Damaging wind gusts and torrential downpours with rainfall amounts in excess of 50 millimetres are the main threats.
Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet reports using #ONStorm.
For more information, visit www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/beprepared/beprepared.html.