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Large hail reported in some areas of Simcoe County as tornado warning ends for region

Golf-ball sized hail has been reported to have touched down in part of the region Friday. Scott Gaines via Twitter @aliyahbriana45

Environment Canada say a tornado warning has ended for Barrie, Collingwood, Hillsdale, Midland, Coldwater and Orr Lake, Ont., although a severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect for those areas, as well as Orillia, Lagoon City and Washago.

According to the federal weather agency, a line of strong to severe thunderstorms is moving east through or toward the regions.

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“Damaging wind gusts, brief torrential downpours, frequent cloud-to-ground lightning and large hail will also be associated with some of these storms,” Environment Canada said.

“There also is the risk for a tornado.”

In some areas of the region, people have posted on social media reporting hail as large as loonies and toonies as a result of the storm.

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In the event of a tornado, Environment Canada says to go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, including a basement, bathroom, stairwell or closet.

“Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelter, and move to a strong building if you can,” the federal weather agency said. “As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris.”

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