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Parts of Ontario hit by intense storms, approximately 47K Hydro One customers without power

Video appears to show tornado touch down near Belmont, Ont.
Global News chief meteorologist Anthony Farnell captured video that appears to show a tornado touch down near Belmont, Ont., southeast of London.

Parts of central and southern Ontario have been hit with fast-moving and intense storms, leaving approximately 50,000 Hydro One customers without power.

According to Hydro One’s storm outage map as of 12 a.m. on Thursday, there were 591 outages in total affecting more than 47,500 customers.

Approximately 80 per cent of the customers affected live in central Ontario and in areas such as the Muskoka Region and north of Peterborough. Other major areas impacted include east of Chatham and south of Delhi.

READ MORE: Risk of severe storms, damaging winds in southern Ontario on Wednesday

Outside of Belmont, southeast of London, Global News Chief Meteorologist Anthony Farnell captured video of what appeared to be a possible tornado touching down.

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In the Bracebridge area, residents posted images on social media showing large, downed trees.

Meanwhile in Toronto, a severe thunderstorm warning was posted by Environment Canada just after 10:45 p.m. and lasted for about half an hour. It warned of the potential for nickel-size hail, strong wind gusts and heavy rain.

Severe storms batter Southern Ontario with heavy rains, strong winds
Severe storms batter Southern Ontario with heavy rains, strong winds

Toronto Hydro reported large outages south of Allen Road and Eglinton Avenue West, near Birchmount and Kingston roads and Dufferin Street and Bloor Street West Wednesday night.

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The storm system came as a result of a strong cold front sweeping into the province Wednesday evening.

Earlier in the day the remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal brushed against parts of the province.

A heat warning declared by Environment Canada was in place for many Ontario region on Tuesday and most of Wednesday.

— With files from Anthony Farnell

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