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Thunderstorms Rumbling in Ontario & Quebec

April 8, 2010 — For the third day in a row, thunderstorms are rolling across Ontario and Quebec.

Just call it round three.

For the third day in a row, thunderstorms are bubbling up in Ontario and Quebec.

We received a call on our Stormline from one resident in Russell, Ontario. At about 8p.m. local time the area was seeing thunder, lightning and hail. And now the line of strong thunderstorms are moving northeastward towards Quebec.

These thunderstorms are expected to produce wind gusts reaching 90km/h, hailstones of 2cm or more, heavy rain and intense lightning. As these storms fire up, the ones in southern Ontario are fizzling out.

“We've had a low pressure system stalled over the province for the last few days, thanks to a blocking high in Atlantic Canada,” says Weather Network meteorologist Michelle Cassar. “That high is finally breaking down and the low pressure system is starting to move. As a result, these storms are expected to clear out by this evening.”

Yesterday, a string of intense thunderstorms rocked parts of southern Ontario, bringing roaring thunder, frequent lightning and large hail to some places. We received a call on our Stormline about hail the size of golfballs in Ingersoll. And in Hamilton, firefighters rushed to a home that they thought was hit by lightning. As it turned out, the electrical panel caught fire after the water from a broken downspout poured in.

Another storm brought hail to the Ottawa Valley and Quebec's Montreal area. This stormy weather didn't affect air travel, but passengers were still warned about possible delays. Air Canada issued a travel alert on their website for people flying out of Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. This advisory was put in place to remind travellers that planes need to remain grounded and if any lightning strikes. No delays however were reported.

In addition to causing a scene and making a lot of noise, these storms also brought a good shot of rain to parts of the province. Windsor and Hamilton were soaked with about 27mm of rain, while 14mm was recorded at Toronto's Pearson airport. Another good drenching is expected today.

For more details on what you can expect, and for up-to-the-minute active weather coverage, make sure you tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your Regional and National forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

And if you get hit with active weather in your area, we'd love to see it! Upload your storm photos and videos to our 'Your Weather Gallery,' which can be found under the Related Links above.

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