Severe Thunderstorm and Flood Warning in Effect for Mississauga
Conditions are favourable today (Saturday, May 25) for the development of severe thunderstorms and flooding.
“Thunderstorms are expected to redevelop this afternoon across most of Southern Ontario,” says a statement from Environment Canada. “The main threats associated with these storms will be strong wind gusts and hail. Some localized flooding is also possible.”
A total of 20 to 40 mm of rain is forecasted.
Residents may want to stay indoors for their safety, as strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees, and overturn large vehicles.
Additionally, heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.
“The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches,” the statement reads.
In response, Mississauga has issued a flood outlook for today.
“Some minor flooding in low-lying areas along the Credit River and its major watercourses may occur with the forecasted rain,” the city says. “Heavy downpours associated with thunderstorms may cause flooding in highly urbanized areas.”
Residents are asked to stay away from all watercourses, such as streams as rivers, as they may become dangerous.