Severe thunderstorm risk continues in southwestern Ontario Wednesday
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 7:25 AM - A wild and vicious storm that blew through southern Ontario Tuesday spawned the province's third tornado of the season.
The tornado touched down in Angus, a community about 100 km north of Toronto, ripping apart homes and causing significant damage to roughly 30 properties.
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Heavy rain, frequent lightning and gusty winds were reported throughout the day, as well as reports of funnel clouds along highways 401 and 403 near Woodstock.
As residents across the region begin to pick up the pieces, a severe weather threat remains in place in the southwest.
"Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong winds and heavy rain," warns Environment Canada. "There is potential for local rainfall amounts of near 50 mm in an hour or less from the strongest thunderstorms."
In addition to the heavy rain, wind gusts up to 90 km/h, frequent lightning and small hail are also possible.
"Fast moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle away," EC says. "Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes."
Residents are being reminded to prepare for severe weather and take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.
"Stay indoors when a thunderstorm strikes. There isn't a place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm," EC adds.
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