Rainfall warning issued in Chatham-Kent, remnants of Hurricane Beryl heading toward Southern Ontario

A rainfall warning has been issued in Chatham-Kent, along with the rest of Southern Ontario, as remnants of Hurricane Beryl are heading toward the Province.

“Periods of heavy rainfall associated with the remnants of Hurricane Beryl will affect portions of southern Ontario beginning overnight or Wednesday morning,” Environment Canada officials say.

“Although confidence in the exact track of the weather system remains somewhat uncertain, these type of systems in the past have given very high rainfall rates in torrential downpours. Rainfall amounts will likely be highly variable across the region, and some areas may receive in excess of 60 mm. Conditions should improve Thursday.”

Forecasters say rainfall, with embedded torrential downpours are expected.

Hazards, include: Rainfall totals of 40 to 60 mm, with locally higher amounts possible and torrential downpours giving rainfall rates of 20 to 40 mm per hour at times.

“For information concerning flooding, please consult your local Conservation Authority or Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry office,” forecasters say.

“Visit Ontario.ca/floods for the latest details. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop.”

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada, forecasters say.

To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

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