PHOTOS: Wild tornado-warned storms take a toll in southern Ontario

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PHOTOS: Wild tornado-warned storms take a toll in southern Ontario
PHOTOS: Wild tornado-warned storms take a toll in southern Ontario
PHOTOS: Wild tornado-warned storms take a toll in southern Ontario

Powerful winds, torrential rainfall, and hail accompanied tornado warnings from Environment Canada as a cluster of storms tracked through the Huron-Perth and Grey-Bruce regions late Tuesday afternoon. The severe storms then swept through the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in the early evening hours, bringing wild winds, torrential rains, shelf clouds and frequent lightning.

Atmospheric instability set the stage for severe weather as storms tracked out of Michigan and over the Great Lakes. Waterspouts were spotted on Lake Huron and a number of surrounding neighbourhoods near the shorelines witnessed chairs, fences, and other items being tossed in the wind. Dozens of downed trees have also been reported in areas such as Lucknow, Kingsbridge, Port Albert and Port Elgin.

The tornado warnings have since ended and there hasn't been any confirmation of one occurring at this time.

There were reports of toonie-sized hail and winds in excess of 100 km/h in many areas.

Another round of thunderstorms is expected to push into southern Ontario in the overnight hours, reaching the GTA in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday morning. Click here for the latest forecast details.

Visuals of the storms began to flood social media shortly after the storms started firing up. See below for a look at the impact the intense storms had on parts of southern Ontario.

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Thumbnail credit: MaryAnn Williams.

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