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Severe thunderstorms fire up in southern Ontario

Staff writers

July 13, 2012 — Environment Canada has issued severe thunderstorm warnings as large hail and heavy downpours make their way into parts of southern Ontario.

Saturday's risk, non-severe, isolated thunderstorms
Saturday's risk, non-severe, isolated thunderstorms

Severe thunderstorms, large hail and heavy rain has moved into portions of southern Ontario.

Just before 3:00 p.m. Friday, Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the City of Hamilton as marble-to-golfball sized hail and heavy rain fell across the region.

While the large hail is "somewhat of a surprise," Rob Davis, a meteorologist at The Weather Network, say it's not an uncommon during the summer months.

"This storm is moving slowly," he adds. "That means the city could see a significant rainfall before the storm pushes through the region."

The storm appears to be weakening as it moves in a northward direction towards Aldershot.

"Severe storms are now tracking towards Brantford, Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo," Davis says. "The main concerns will be large hail and local flooding." 

Visit the Alerts section of the website to keep on top of watches and warnings across the country.

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