Severe thunderstorms set sights on Mississauga and Brampton this afternoon and evening
Published September 7, 2021 at 4:42 pm
Mississauga and Brampton residents are being warned that severe thunderstorms, with potential for strong winds and hail, are likely on their way to the region late this afternoon and into the evening.
Officials also warn that with as much as 20-30mm of rain expected, with higher amounts in some areas, minor flooding of small headwater and urban areas is possible. Children and others are urged to stay away from all creeks and rivers, especially near culverts, bridges and dams both during and for a while after the storms pass.
Environment Canada issued the severe thunderstorm watch for Peel, Burlington, Oakville, Caledon, Halton Hills and Milton, saying some of the anticipated storms will be capable of producing wind gusts up to 100 km/h, large hail up to two centimetres in diameter and heavy rains.
Large hail can cause injury and property damage, officials say, and strong wind gusts can toss around loose objects, damage weak buildings, break tree branches and overturn large vehicles. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.
Lightning, which injures and kills Canadians every year, is also possible with these storms, officials say.
Credit Valley Conservation officials say flooding of the Credit River and its major tributaries is not expected. However, intense rainfall may result in minor flooding in some areas.
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