Tornado watches issued for parts of Ontario’s cottage country have ended, according to Environment Canada, but they remain in other areas.
The weather agency issued tornado watches earlier Wednesday, with the area of concern initially stretching from Windsor to Muskoka and including much of cottage country, including the northern part of Wellington County, the Bruce Peninsula ( Sauble Beach), the Blue Mountains, Owen Sound Counties, Goderich, Huron and Perth, Barrie and London.
Areas around Innisfil, Orangeville and Shelburne as well as Algonquin were included in the tornado watch.
However, by 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, only tornado watches remained in Algonquin and Parry Sound – Muskoka.
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Tornado watches were issued in addition to the special weather statement Environment Canada issued earlier in the day warning of severe thunderstorms.
The agency said severe weather would begin to build over eastern Michigan on Wednesday afternoon before heading east across Lake Huron toward affected areas.
He said the area was expected to see tornadoes, it would probably be late afternoon.
Environment Canada urged the public to seek shelter immediately if threatening weather conditions approach.
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The agency said if there is a tornado or a warning is issued for your area, enter the room with the lowest floor, such as a closet or a basement or a stairwell. , which is not close to the windows.
The agency also says those in mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelters should, if possible, move to a sturdier building.
“As a last resort, lie down in a low place and protect your head from flying debris,” the warning reads.
Environment Canada said the threat of severe weather is expected to lessen as the storms move east Wednesday evening.
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As cottage country braced for thunderstorms, most of southern Ontario, including much of the affected area, remained under a heat warning on Wednesday.
Temperatures are expected to reach up to 31°C in the afternoon, with overnight lows expected to drop to just 20°C.
Heat warnings in many areas remained in place around 10 p.m. Wednesday.
The agency said residents should monitor the effects of heat-induced illnesses, including swelling, rashes, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heatstroke and worsening of certain health problems.
Environment Canada said people who need to cool off should seek shade, visit a swimming pool, take a shower or bath or find somewhere with air conditioning.
He also said you should never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle for any length of time.
Environment Canada said it expects some relief from Thursday’s sweltering heat.
-with files from Hannah Jackson of Global News
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