Environment Canada answers the question: Where was Toronto’s severe thunderstorm warning?

Global News

TORONTO –  The first sign that it was going to be an unusual storm came around 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Southern Ontario and the GTA were forecast to get rain, but early Monday afternoon, it became clearer to Environment Canada that the warm and humid air mass in the area would produce high rainfall.

As is standard in these types of situations, a special weather statement was issued for Southern Ontario, including Caledon, Orangeville, Innisfil, Barrie, Orillia, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Newmarket and Durham Region. Toronto and Southwestern Ontario were added almost an hour later.

It advised of “local heavy downpours giving 30 to 40 millimetres of rain in less than one hour” and told the public to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.

Three hours later, Toronto was caught in a deluge of rain.

Watch:Toronto flood cleanup

Streets were flooded, cars became boats…

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