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Severe storms lash southern, northern Ontario

Intense lightning strikes were reported throughout the weekend
Intense lightning strikes were reported throughout the weekend

Staff writers

August 4, 2012 — The summer storm season is well underway, and though southern Ontario has seen less rain than previous years, this one's on track not to disappoint.

Areas under watch Sunday.
Areas under watch Sunday.

Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch for some parts of southern Ontario Sunday morning. A cold front passing through the area will bring thunderstorms and the potential for large hail, heavy winds, heavy downpours, and cloud-to-ground lightning. 

Residents are urged to take necessary precautions, especially when driving in severe weather. If visibility is limited and vehicles cannot be seen at a safe distance, officials recommend drivers pull over and wait for the rain to ease up before continuing en route. 

Other parts of the province experienced similar conditions one night earlier. Severe storms tore through parts of southern and northern Ontario Saturday night, causing brief power outages, uprooted trees and a concert cancellation in North Bay.

Intense lightning strikes were seen across Ontario Saturday evening, as a severe storm tore through southern and northern parts of the province.

"The risk will continue into Sunday," says Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "The humid weather we've been seeing has created the perfect environment for a summer storm."

Cities like Guelph, Brampton and Niagara Falls were pelted with heavy rain and loud thunder strikes.

In North Bay, a Meat Loaf concert at an outdoor festival was cancelled. Preliminary reports suggest that high winds made the stage unsafe.

Stormline callers have reported downed trees and scattered debris on the highway between North Bay and Sturgeon Falls.

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

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