PHOTOS: Torrential rain, powerful winds blast southern Ont.
Monday, August 6, 2018, 3:27 PM - Powerful winds, torrential rain, intense lightning and funnel clouds were observed across southern Ontario as Environment Canada maintained severe thunderstorm warnings for the region Monday afternoon.
There were multiple reports of funnel clouds, including in the Township of Dutton in Elgin County, as well as near Amherstburg.
"There is the risk for an isolated brief tornado associated with these storms," warned Environment Canada.
One home suffered some damage due to a fallen tree in Windsor.
"A line of strong thunderstorms from Bramalea to Pickering is moving southeast very slowly. Some of these thunderstorms will have the potential to produce significant rainfall amounts, as well as wind gusts to 90 km/h," said the weather agency. "Some hail is possible as well. Additional thunderstorms may affect the area this evening and tonight as well."
As of 6:50 p.m. local time, nearly 22,000 Hydro One customers were without power.
As a result of the heavy rain, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority issued a watershed conditions statement, which is expected to remain in effect through Tuesday.
"Rivers within the GTA may be experiencing higher flows and water levels, resulting in hazardous conditions," said the TRCA. "The possibility exists for ponding on roadways and in low-lying areas. The combination of slippery and unstable banks could create hazardous conditions close to any river, stream or other water bodies. All rivers and streams within the GTA should be considered hazardous."