06/17/2014 06:46 EDT | Updated 08/17/2014 05:59 EDT

Ontario weather calls for thunderstorms from deadly U.S. storm system

The same weather system that spawned two tornadoes, killing one child in Nebraska yesterday, will descend on parts of Ontario today.

"Not as strong as what we were looking at yesterday, but there is the risk for severe thunderstorms, hail, strong winds, intense lightning, heavy rain — cannot rule out an isolated tornado," said CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland.

Southern and northeastern Ontario are at risk of severe thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening, including the Greater Toronto Area, said Scotland.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for parts of southern Ontario that asks people to take necessary safety precautions if adverse weather conditions arrive.

The two tornadoes that tore through northeast Nebraska, killing a five-year-old, touched down within 1.5 kilometres of each other and destroyed more than half of a small town of roughly 350.