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Southern Ontario gets its first severe summer storms

Staff writers

June 22, 2012 — Thunderstorms brought heavy rain, strong winds and dime-sized hail to many communities in southwestern Ontario Thursday evening, with severe weather watches and warnings in place all the way through to Ottawa.

Ominous storm clouds covered most of southern Ontario.
Ominous storm clouds covered most of southern Ontario.

Three days of extreme heat and humidity ended with a bang in many places across southwest and central Ontario on Thursday. Thunderstorms began sweeping through the region in the late afternoon.

There were numerous reports of heavy rain, dime-sized hail and winds strong enough to bring down trees.

Severe thunderstorm watches and warnings were in place from Windsor all the way to Ottawa, including Toronto, although they had all been dropped by 9:30 pm.

Viewers in many communities, including the Guelph area, reported downed power lines and tree branches.

The Weather Network's Natalie Thomas was in the Campbellville area Thursday afternoon and said one road was blocked off due to a fallen tree.

"A poor woman drove right up to us and she was trying to get by because it's her house where the hydro line fell down and she said that there's a tree on her home as well, so there is some minor damage in the area," said Thomas.

Hydro One reported around 28,000 customers were without power as of 7:30 pm Thursday night, though the number had fallen to around 11,000 by 10:30 pm.

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