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Severe storms brought heavy rain, hail and powerful winds to parts of southern Ontario Wednesday. Luckily, the Toronto region was spared as the clean-up from Monday's storm continues.

Severe storms hit parts of southern Ontario, spare Toronto region

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    Thursday, July 11, 2013, 8:51 AM -

    The tension was high when severe thunderstorm watches and warnings were issued in the Toronto area on Wednesday.

    That was after 126 mm of rain flooded the city, creating travel chaos and massive power outages Monday night.

    Power companies were greatly relieved when Wednesday's warnings were lifted as they continued to recover from the torrential rain earlier this week. At the peak of the outage, nearly 300,000 customers were knocked off the grid.

    Although the storms on Wednesday were more forgiving in Toronto, other parts of the province saw heavy rain, large hail and powerful winds.

    "There was damage reported in the Marden area near Guelph and it's looking like straight-line wind damage," tweeted Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese Wednesday night.

    "At least 10 hydro poles and high tension lines downed by severe storm in Marden," said camera operator Mark Rozitis who was tracking the storms. "Meanwhile, in Innerkip, which is near Woodstock, we had a severe storm with a fast moving wall cloud, high winds and heavy rain."

    A corn field along Oxford Road 4 saw significant damage as the storm moved through.

    Damage to corn field in Innerkip

    Damage to corn field in Innerkip

    Drying out

    The cold front that pushed through the region Wednesday helped to trigger the thunderstorms and freshen the air.

    "Now, a significant pattern change will occur as the region dries out from a wet start to summer," says Vettese. "Initially dry and fresh conditions will give way to a return to heat over the weekend and into next week with increasing humidity. However, conditions are likely to remain mainly dry for an extended period into the start of next week."

    For a look at the weather in your area this weekend, be sure to check the local forecast page.

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