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Severe thunderstorm surges through Greater Toronto Area

Click to play video: 'Powerful storm knocks down trees, power lines in GTA' Powerful storm knocks down trees, power lines in GTA
WATCH ABOVE: A powerful storm rolled through the GTA leaving downed trees and power lines in Mississauga – Jul 5, 2018

A powerful thunderstorm ran through the Greater Toronto Area Thursday evening producing loud bursts of thunder and significant rainfall.

Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the GTA, including Durham Region, around noon and said the high heat and humidity, mixed with thunderstorms, could produce intense torrential downpours.

WATCH: A powerful storm rolled through the GTA late Thursday afternoon producing loud booms of thunder in as bands of rain poured down in Thornhill.

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Powerful thunder storm surges though GTA – Jul 5, 2018

Peel Regional Police said officers were responding to several reports of fallen trees and hydro wires around Mississauga.

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WATCH: Timelapse of the thunder storm blowing over Georgian Bay

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Powerful thunderstorm rolls through GTA – Jul 5, 2018

The weather service said the storm was expected to be slow moving and some locations could receive between 25 to 50 millimetres of rain over a short period of time.

MORE: Hamilton and Niagara under severe thunderstorm watch

Officials said some areas could also receive wind gusts of up to 90 km/h which can bring down trees and electrical wires causing power outages.

WATCH: Storm clouds and heavy rain over GTA

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Storm clouds and heavy rain over GTA – Jul 5, 2018

The public was also being warned that the intense downpours could cause flash flooding in low-lying areas near streams, creeks, and lakes.

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Public safety officials reminded residents to take cover if threatening weather approaches.

The hot and humid weather experienced by southern Ontario since Canada Day weekend is expected to dissipate by Friday morning.

WATCH: A powerful thunderstorm surges through the GTA accompanied by heavy downpour

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Heavy thunderstorm surges through GTA – Jul 5, 2018

A cold front moving into the region will make the days ahead relatively more comfortable until next Monday when temperatures rise yet again.

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