City of Toronto, 10:23 AM EDT Sunday 14 September 2008
Rainfall warning for City of Toronto continued
Tropical depression Ike heads towards southern Ontario with heavy rainfall later today into tonight.
The frontal system which gave heavy rain on Saturday into Saturday night over many portions of southern Ontario has shifted north. Scattered showers remain in a very warm and humid airmass across most areas today ahead of the remnants of hurricane Ike. The centre of Ike is moving across southern Illinois and will make a beeline across Lake Erie later this afternoon and near Toronto this evening then Ottawa around midnight. The speed of Ike is 80 km/h.
The heaviest rainfall from ike is expected to be over southwestern Ontario northeast across cottage country into the Renfrew area. Significant amounts are expected south of this swath from Toronto through Ottawa as well but possibly just under warning criteria. The warning remains in effect from Toronto to Ottawa since some heavy rain bands or strong thunderstorms are quite likely on the immediate southern flank of Ike as it passes over. Significant rainfall of 20 to 30 mm are possible in these bands in a very short time span. Some strong winds of 60 to 80 km/h are also possible with these rain bands close to Ike’s centre.
The heavy rain will move into the southwest this afternoon then edge into the Toronto area up to Ottawa this evening. Areas that fall within the axis of heaviest rainfall..From Sarnia to Petawawa..may expect 60 to 80 millimetres although the speed of ike may limit overall amounts somewhat.
The heavy rain will end this evening for the southwest and late tonight or early Monday morning for eastern Ontario.
Environment Canada will continue monitor this situation closely.