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Severe storms rip through Ontario again


Staff writers

June 8, 2012 — After a day of active weather, and even tornado warnings, on Wednesday, thunderstorms were firing up once again in parts of Ontario Thursday.

Hail piled up in Shelburne, ON Wednesday
Hail piled up in Shelburne, ON Wednesday

For the second day in a row, thunderstorms were rumbling across parts of southern Ontario Thursday. 

Hail came crashing to the ground in western sections of the GTA shortly before the evening commute. Places like Brantford, Hamilton and Brampton all took a decent hit from the storms. 

On Wednesday, severe thunderstorms moved across parts of Ontario, bringing up to 50 mm of rain to some places.

At one point, tornado warnings were issued for communities in and around Huntsville, Parry Sound, Killbear Park, Port Carling and Port Severn. They were all dropped by 6:40 pm EST.

"The tornado warnings were issued as some rotation was detected on the radar, but there have been no reports of any tornadoes touching down," explains Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "The daytime heating helped to fuel the storms, but once the sun went down, the risk for severe conditions basically died out." 

Storm clouds rolled into Oakville, ON Thursday
Storm clouds rolled into Oakville, ON Thursday

Dark clouds, lightning and pea-sized hail were reported in multiple communities during the height of the storm

"The sky is very dark to the east and west of Peterborough," said one Twitter user. Another reported "ugly" clouds in Scarborough during the dinnertime hour.

It's been a week of wild weather in Canada.

On Tuesday, a series of twisters touched down in Alberta. That same system brought heavy rain to British Columbia, causing mudslides that closed a stretch of the highway.

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

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