Severe thunder, lightning storm rattles GTA
Web Staff, cp24.com
Published Wednesday, August 24, 2011 11:41PM EDT
Toronto is no longer under a tornado watch although rain will continue to fall over the city through the night.
The severe thunderstorm warning has also ended in Toronto and the surrounding area.
A tornado warning has also ended for Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Mississauga and Brampton.
All weather warnings and watches have been lifted in southern Ontario.
Environment Canada says several possible tornadoes were reported in southern Ontario.
Around 8 p.m., one possible tornado was reported near Shelbourne, another in the Lucan area and a third on the Lake Huron shoreline between St. Joseph and Bayfield.
At one point a tornado watch was in effect for most of southern Ontario including Waterloo Region, Oxford, Brant, Sarnia, Lambton, London, Middlesex, Goderich, Bluewater, southern Huron County, Stratford, Mitchell and south Perth County.
In the northeast, tornado watches were in effect Gogama, Kirkland Lake, New Liskeard, Temagami and North Bay.
A tornado watch is less of a threat than a tornado warning. A watch means the ingredients are present for a tornado but a warning means that tornado like winds could be imminent in an area.
Geoff Coulson, Environment Canada meteorologist, said there were reports of 100-kilometre wind gusts in the towns of Dundalk and Highlands.
He said officials need to investigate the situation closer to determine if a tornado actually hit any of the regions.
A CP24 reporter and cameraman were in a Breaking News vehicle on the Gardiner Expressway when lightning struck the pavement beside them.
Reporter Jee Yun Lee said from location that the ground shook beneath them.
Cameraman Aaron Adetuyi was driving on the Burlington Skyway with his wife when the storm hit.
He said an OPP truck was doing zigzags across the bridge in an effort to slow down traffic.
"No one wanted to go over the bridge fast," he said. "People were pulling over and fully stopping with their four-ways on."
Adetuyi said no one was on the Skyway was driving more than 15 kilometres an hour.
Toronto police and Emergency Medical Services tell CP24 that there are no reported serious injuries as a result of the storm.
So far, there are some reports of trees and wires down in the Burlington area.
About 16,000 homes in southern Ontario were without power at around 10:30 p.m., according to Hydro One.
Environment Canada warned the storms were capable of producing damaging winds, large hail, torrential downpours and there is also the risk for a tornado.
"Severe thunderstorm warnings are just as dangerous," Coulson said.
On Sunday, the community of Goderich was devastated by an F3 tornado that killed one person and caused widespread damage.