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Strong morning storms spawn tornado warnings in southern Ontario Monday

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Monday, September 2, 2013, 8:39 PM -

Labour Day dawned dark and stormy for many people in southwest Ontario, with some of those severe thunderstorms prompting tornado warnings to be issued for areas the Orillia and Fenelon Falls areas.

Those warnings were sparked by a waterspout reported over Lake Couchiching not long after 10 am. Environment Canada said the tornado-warned storm was heading toward the communities of Moore Lake and Norland.

Environment Canada eventually downgraded all tornado warnings to severe thunderstorm warnings at 11:20 am EDT.

TUNE IN: The Weather Network will have regular updates on these storms throughout the day.

Monday's storms followed on from stormy weather the previous evening that produced at least one unconfirmed tornado in the Fergus area.

"This was a cold front passing through, and it spawned thunderstorms," Weather Network meteorologist Gerald Cheng said Monday morning.

Strong storms entered the southwest on Sunday afternoon, bringing strong winds, heavy rain and at least one tornado to the region.

No tornado warnings or watches were issued by Environment Canada, but forecasters at The Weather Network, based on footage from stormchasers, say a tornado likely did appear over Fergus, Ontario, although no damage was reported.

At least one viewer reported a lightning strike that split a tree in the Cambridge area.

Lightning in the Cambridge area is being blamed for the damage to this tree. PHOTO: Bert van Ingen

Lightning in the Cambridge area is being blamed for the damage to this tree. PHOTO: Bert van Ingen

Severe storms sparked up again Monday morning, with severe thunderstorm watches and warnings being issued as early as 4:30 a.m., stretching from the shores of Lake Huron across to the Niagara region, although non-severe storms were widespread.

Be sure to visit our Alerts page for all watches and warnings. 

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