Brampton, Mississauga and Halton issued severe thunderstorm warnings

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Published July 20, 2023 at 8:06 pm

Extreme weather conditions are currently passing through most of Southern Ontario, and Environment Canada has issued severe thunderstorm warnings in Brampton, Mississauga and Halton this evening (July 20).

A front passing through these regions is expected to bring severe weather conditions, including strong wind gusts, hail, and heavy rainfall.

“The potential for strong wind gusts reaching up to 90 km/h poses a risk of tossing loose objects, damaging weak buildings, breaking branches off trees, and even overturning large vehicles.”

“Hail up to nickel size is also anticipated,” Environment Canada stated.

A severe thunderstorm watch has also been issued in the lower parts of the Credit River watershed, encompassing Erin, Caledon, and Georgetown.

“The anticipated rainfall amounts of 30 to 50mm could lead to localized flooding, particularly in low-lying urban areas with poor drainage,” Credit Valley Conservation(CVC) said in a statement.

While major flooding of the Credit River and its tributaries is not expected, the possibility of water ponding on roads and urban streets remains a concern.

Local streams near culverts, bridges, and dams could become dangerous during this weather event.

Authorities are urging residents to stay away from all watercourses and keep children and pets at a safe distance.

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