Severe thunderstorm risk across southern Ontario

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 2:47 PM -

Thunderstorms are popping up in parts of Ontario with several reports of heavy rain and dark clouds scattered across the region. Several severe thunderstorm watches and warnings are in effect spanning from London, Ont. and past Montreal, Qc.

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"Thunderstorms are expected to remain in southern Ontario into the early evening before dissipating and moving out," says Weather Network meteorologist Matt Grinter.

"Eastern Ontario is currently experiencing storms as well. The rain will persist in that part of the province a little longer than it will in southern Ontario."

Strong wind gusts and hail are possible with Wednesday's storms.

"Stay indoors when a thunderstorm strikes," the weather agency warns in a Wednesday afternoon statement.

"There isn't a place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm. In Canada, lightning kills up to 10 people every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors."

According to Grinter, the risk of isolated showers will remain in southern Ontario through Thursday.

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