August 1, 2014 5:50 pm
Updated: August 1, 2014 7:57 pm

Severe weather slows traffic, leads to flooding around Toronto

A storm on July 8 as it approached the city. (Rob Jones/Contributor)

Rob Jones/Contributor

TORONTO – Sporadic flooding was reported Friday as a storm rolled through the city.

One of the hardest areas was near Highway 404 and Highway 7 where people were trapped inside their cars amid rising floodwaters.

Environment Canada  had issued a severe thunderstorm warning for much of southern Ontario including the city of Toronto at approximately 4:00 p.m. Friday. Environment Canada ended the warning for the Toronto area just before 8:00 p.m.

The weather agency suggests weather conditions are favourable for the “development of severe thunderstorms” that might produce strong winds, large hail and heavy rain.

The weather agency has issued similar advisories for several areas including Hamilton, Barrie, Halton, Peel, London, Waterloo and Peterborough.

Environment Canada urged people to take cover and stay indoors during a thunderstorm.

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