If you're heading up north and starting your cottage weekend early, brace yourselves for some serious active weather today and into early tomorrow. Weather Canada has issued a special statement for multiple thunderstorms and severe rainfall.

The statement was issued very early this morning and will remain in effect throughout the day as the stormy weather picks up. Right now, a dark menacing cloud has blanketed most of southern Ontario.

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According to Weather Canada, here are the regions that will be most affected by today's storms:

  • Bracebridge - Gravenhurst
  • Huntsville - Baysville
  • Port Carling - Port Severn
  • Town of Parry Sound - Rosseau - Killbear Park

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Heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected for most of the day, with anywhere from 20 to 60 millimetres of rainfall by the afternoon. According to the statement, "heavy downpours can result in flash floods and water pooling on roads."

Protect yourself, your family and pets from staying far away from creeks and riverbanks. Prepare for flooding, slippery conditions and decreased visibility as you make your drive up north.

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In some parts of Ontario, the rainfall will be met with some relief. The destructive Parry Sound 33 wildfire, which has been active for weeks and has caused dozens of evacuation orders and road closures,  desperately needs the rain.

Click here to see Weather Canada's special statement.


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