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Funnel clouds spotted in southern Ontario


Police advise drivers to slow down during heavy downpours
Police advise drivers to slow down during heavy downpours

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

August 9, 2011 — The severe thunderstorm risk eased across southern Ontario Monday, but isolated funnel clouds were reported west of Kitchener.

Ominous clouds roll into the region Sunday
Ominous clouds roll into the region Sunday

A low pressure system that moved into southern Ontario Sunday brought a line of severe thunderstorms to the area.

A tornado warning was issued for Elgin County after radar images showed the potential for rotation. Nothing touched down, but heavy rain swamped several regions.

Toronto's Pearson International Airport recorded close to 20 mm, which was enough to stall vehicles and cause accidents in some places. According to Staff Sgt. Anne Macdonald from Toronto Police, there was also some flooding reported on a section of the Gardiner Expressway.

Macdonald says drivers should adjust to weather and road conditions and make sure that the vehicle’s tires are properly inflated to avoid things like hydroplaning.

Funnel clouds spotted in southern Ontario Monday
Funnel clouds spotted in southern Ontario Monday

The severe thunderstorm risk eased throughout the day on Monday, but during the evening hours Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for isolated funnel clouds. The clouds were weak and weren't expected to pose any threat over the area.

Calls flooded The Weather Network Stormline reporting the funnel clouds west of Kitchener and one viewer said it looked out of place on such a calm day.

Meteorologists at The Weather Network say there was a bit of luck involved for this to occur on a day with little active weather in the forecast.

There just happened to be enough spin in the atmosphere combined with updrafts that a weak funnel formed in the Kitchener area. And as is typical with funnel clouds, it dissipated and then reformed.

The thunderstorm risk continues across the region on Tuesday, with the chance for isolated severe storms for parts of southwestern Ontario.

With files from Sana Ahmed

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