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Southern Ontario cleans up after strong storms light up night sky

Sunday, July 21st 2019, 4:03 pm - Powerful storms rocked parts of southern Ontario on Saturday night.

Sunday has been a day of clean-up for some in southern Ontario after strong storms left a trail of damage and power outages.

A cold front rolling through the province put an abrupt end to the heat wave on Saturday, sparking numerous severe thunderstorm warnings as it cut a path across the region. Some of the strongest storms hit along the leading edge of the front through southwestern Ontario, leaving thousands without power near Lambton Shores and Kettle Point. As of Sunday afternoon, Hyrdo One was still reporting more than 1,000 customers waiting for power to be restored.

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The storms made for some impressive viewing as they approached, with a large shelf cloud rolling toward the shores of Lake Huron as the front pushed in from Michigan.

These same storms brought torrential rains and frequent lightning as far as the GTA and Niagara Peninsula through the evening and early overnight hours, and rain and gusty winds as far east as Kingston through the night.

In addition to the power outages, damage to trees and some structures was reported, with regions adjacent to Lake Huron taking the brunt of the wicked weather.

Environment Canada released a statement Sunday morning reporting trees and hydro lines also down on Walpole Island, along with wind gusts in excess of 90 km/h for parts of southwestern Ontario.

The front did help to cut the heat and humidity, however, and while showers lingered into the morning for some, the start to the new work week looks to bring some beautiful summer weather to the province.

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