Heavy thunderstorms and 84 km/h wind could cancel flights out of Pearson Airport in Mississauga, Ontario


Published June 13, 2024 at 8:21 am

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The thunderstorms, downpours and strong winds in the forecast could cancel flights today out of Pearson Airport in Mississauga.

Weather forecasters said tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and hail are possible today (June 13) in southern Ontario.

Pearson Airport officials say they are watching the weather, which could disrupt the nearly 1,000 arriving or departing flights.

“Our specialists are keeping an eye on today’s forecast, which shows a band of thunderstorms expected to sweep over the GTA early this evening,” the airport posted on X.

“This storm could bring winds up to 84km/h, heavy thunderstorms, heavy downpours (possibly 20mm of rain in an hour) and hail.  With severe weather comes the chance that airlines may cancel flights.”

There are also possible cancellations or delays for flights to and from Florida.

Miami International Airport said they are under a flood watch after heavy rains in southern Florida the last few days.

“Before heading to the airport, please check local conditions and avoid driving through flooded areas,” Miami International Airport wrote on X.

Pearson said it is prepared for heavy rain with several stormwater facilities to capture the water and manage and control the quantity and quality of stormwater leaving the airport.

The biggest is the Moores Creek Stormwater Management Facility, which can hold 42 million litres of water in underground tanks, and an additional 42 million litres in ponds above ground.

“That’s a combined equivalent of 33 Olympic-sized swimming pools,” the airport wrote on X.

Travellers can check their flight status here.

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