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Heavy rains, dark clouds arrive in southern Ontario

Ominous clouds were seen across much of Ontario Friday evening.

Ominous clouds were seen across much of Ontario Friday evening.


Friday, May 31, 2013, 10:30 - As advertised, the unsettled weather arrived in parts of southern Ontario Friday, bringing heavy rains, high winds and reports of tree debris in various parts. The severe thunderstorm watch issued for Toronto, as well as Halton, Peel, York and Durham regions ended shortly after 9 p.m. ET Friday, with Environment Canada making the decision.

While no extensive damage was reported, the storms did knock out power in areas and as mentioned,  knocked over trees.

Viewers of The Weather Network were quick to send in video of the dark clouds overhead, including the one below from Barrie, Ont.:

The storm moved quickly across the region, with much of the same dark skies and rain being the focal point. The Weather Network's Kevin Yarde was quick to update the situation as it moved through Mississauga, Ont.:

The area is not out of the clear just yet, as a second round of unsettled weather is expected to arrive Saturday.

"The risk for severe storms will continue into Saturday with an approaching cold front acting as a trigger," Monica Vaswani, a meteorologist at The Weather Network, explained. As the cold front pushes through, temperatures are expected to take a major dip. "By Monday, many places will actually be seeing below seasonal daytime highs," adds Vaswani.

The area has witnessed some abnormal weather over the past few days, with flooding to the Don Valley Parkway shutting down traffic to the city of Toronto while a strong downward movement of air called a downburst landed in Brampton, Ont., Wednesday morning, defined by winds of up to 100 km/h splitting trees that uprooting hydro poles and tore down part of a warehouse. The storm was initially believed to have been a low-intensity tornado.

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