Severe thunderstorms expected this afternoon from Uxbridge to Beaverton

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Published July 6, 2023 at 11:41 am

Environment Canada has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for northern Durham Region, including Uxbridge and Brock and parts of Scugog Township.

Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop early this afternoon as a slow moving cold front moves through southern Ontario. The severe thunderstorm threat is expected to diminish this evening.

Conditions are favourable for the development of storms that are capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain. Large hail can damage property and cause injury, while the wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles.

Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develops. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.

Emergency Management Ontario recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

A severe thunderstorm with wind speeds the equivalent of a F2 tornado swept through Durham Region 13 months ago causing widespread damage and knocking out power for many residents.

Power lines and trees were brought down by the intense storm across the region, with reports of downed lines and fallen trees in Pickering, Ajax, Oshawa and Clarington.

The damage was most acute in Uxbridge where roofs were ripped off buildings and cars were seen flipped upside down. Many businesses are only now re-opening after what was deemed a ‘Jericho’ storm.

For more information on preparing for severe thunderstorms, see https://www.ontario.ca/page/be-prepared-emergency.

The scene in Uxbridge from May 2022. Photo courtesy of Sarah Law@Lawsy97

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