A series of nasty thunderstorms made their way across parts of Ontario this past weekend. The result was widespread wind damage, localized flooding and, in some cases, tornado warnings.
“On Sunday evening, a system from Michigan made its way into Ontario,” says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “It spawned widespread thunderstorms, but the most severe were in Bruce County and the southwestern part of the province.”
Our Weather Observers on Facebook reported torrential downpours and earsplitting thunder. Callers to our Stormline spoke of the intense lightning in the sky. There were also reports of downed trees, broken power-lines and funnel clouds.
For many people in Ontario, Sunday's stormy weather was round two for the weekend. A line of wicked thunderstorms rolled across the province on Saturday, as well. Nearly 100mm of rain fell in Brantford, leaving streets and parking lots underwater. Golf-ball sized hail fell in some places. The weather was also active in parts of Quebec. Intense thunderstorms tore across the city of Montreal. Environment Canada has now confirmed that an F-0 tornado touched down in Saint Lazare, west of the city.
In both provinces, lightning was a problem this weekend. A 25 year-old Brantford man was electrocuted and killed on Saturday. He was riding an inner tube with two friends on Saturday afternoon on Grand River, when lightning struck the water. A Montreal couple was struck by lightning on Saturday night. They took shelter under a tree during a heavy downpour. They are both in hospital. On Sunday night, a firefighter was hurt while trying to put out a fire caused by lightning at a home in Markham, Ontario.
Today, the bulk of the low pressure system that sparked Sunday's storms has moved out of southern Ontario.
“The remnants of the storm are lingering in the Ottawa and Montreal areas,” explains Vettese. “Eventually, the system will makes its way into the Maritimes, as well.”
Still, if you're in northern Ontario, you could see some thunderstorms today.
“The risk is there in and around Thunder Bay and the northern shores of Lake Superior,” says Rob Davis, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “These storms could also be severe in nature.”
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