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Severe thunderstorm watch for large portion of Ontario ends

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Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch for several parts of Ontario on Monday.

The weather agency issued the watches on Monday afternoon, saying conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing “strong wind gusts and large hail.”

They have since ended.

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Environment Canada said wind gusts of 90 km/h to 110 km/h were possible.

What’s more, the agency said some areas could see isolated hail up to nickel size.

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According to Environment Canada, the storms were expected to hit the region Monday afternoon and into the early evening.

“Thunderstorms are expected to progress northeastward through this afternoon,” the watch read. “A tornado cannot be ruled out, especially over eastern Ontario.”

Environment Canada warned that large hail can damage property and cause injuries.

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“Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles,” the warning read.

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“Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!”

Initially, Environment Canada issued watches for localities in the Barrie, Innisfil and Durham areas. Those have also since been lifted.

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