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Power outages, downed trees reported after severe storms move though southern Ontario

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WATCH ABOVE: Video posted to social media on Sunday shows a dramatic lightning strike from the balcony of a condo building at Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue in Downtown Toronto, as a severe storm swept through the region – Jul 19, 2020

There are reports of power outages and downed trees after a line of severe storms moved through southern Ontario on Sunday.

The storms prompted Environment Canada to issue tornado warnings for some areas after cells showed signs of rotation, though it’s unclear if a tornado actually did touch down.

All tornado warnings have since been lifted, along with heat warnings.

Around 12:45 p.m., Hydro One said their crews were responding to outages affecting over 30,000 customers.

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“Southwestern and central [Ontario] have been hit the hardest, and our teams are working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible,” a tweet from the company read.

Photos on social media showed downed trees in various parts of southern Ontario, including in the Greater Toronto Area. Some localized flooding was also reported.

At 1:20 p.m., Peel Regional Police tweeted that crews were responding to five calls in the Mississauga area for fallen trees. Mississauga was one of the areas affected by a tornado warning earlier in the day.

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Global News weather specialist Mike Arsenault said the storms were being fueled by high heat and humidity.

“Very strong winds—close to 100 km/h—and the threat of tornadoes look to be the defining characteristics of the storms this morning and afternoon across southern Ontario,” Arsenault said.

There is still a chance for many areas to see isolated severe thunderstorms into the evening hours.

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