Summer in many countries means hot weather, the shining sun, and the perfect time to pull out your shorts and your BBQ. Unfortunately, just when it seemed like a warm, sunny summer could finally be in full swing across Canada, horrendous weather has hit Southern Ontario. Specifically, in Hamilton, a storm has prompted warnings about flooding.
It seems that the City of Hamilton is the worst to be hit by the terrible weather that has made its way into Southern Ontario right now. In fact, Environment Canada had to issue yet another warning for the City of Hamilton today, to go with what was already a ‘heat warning.’
On Saturday afternoon, Environment Canada put the City of Hamilton under a “severe thunderstorm" warning. According to the advisory, meteorologists were tracking a severe thunderstorm that was heading towards the city, and was capable of producing strong wind gusts and heavy rain. It was expected that the thunderstorm would continue to move south from Waterdown and will affect the city of Hamilton by approximately 2:30 PM.
The advisory estimated that approximately 50 to 100 mm of rain has already fallen in the area prior to the storm, and Environment Canada expects the storm may have produced an additional 50 to 100 mm of rain before it moved away.
The 'severe thunderstorm' warning was lifted from the City of Hamilton just after 2:30 PM on Saturday afternoon, however the risk of flooding is ongoing for the city. Local people in the area have taken to Twitter to share pictures and videos of the crazy weather Hamilton has been experiencing over the past couple of hours. By the looks of the videos, it appears that Hamilton is experiencing a significant amount of flooding across the city.
One user tweeted, "110mm of #rain between 12:15pm and 1:15pm today in #Waterdown. What is the criteria for a #FlashFlood?"
Another added, "Waterdown ON, Parkside Drive flash flooding. Radar estimates 75+ mm and still coming down. #ONStorm."
Environment Canada reminds those in flooded or rainy areas to be extra vigilant as the aftermath of heavy downpours can be flash floods and water pooling on roads. The advisory also states that fast-moving water across roads is able to sweep vehicles away.
You can keep up to date with the latest Environment Canada weather advisories here.
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