Strong gusts, large hail reported as thunderstorms roll through London region – Globalnews.ca



A severe thunderstorm warning issued early Thursday afternoon for London and Middlesex County has ended.Officials with Environment Canada ended the advisory just before 4:50 p.m.Warnings have also ended for neighbouring regions, including Perth, Lambton, and Elgin counties. A severe thunderstorm warning remained for Oxford County as of 5 p.m.The advisory, which at one point stretched from Windsor to the Greater Toronto Area and the Muskokas, said a line of severe thunderstorms was making its way east through the region at 70 km/h.Strong wind gusts and large golfball-sized hail were reported in several areas.“The wind was strong enough that it was pushing trees over as we were watching. One of the branches dropped in our front yard,” said Michael Wilson of Denfield, Ont.“I went to the back of our house to look off our deck. When I got to the back of the house, there was hail… anything from nickel-sized up to about golfball-size.”“For about six or seven minutes there, it was unbelievable. We’ve never seen a storm like that before in our lives.”Dangerous storm with damaging winds over 100km/h and large hail movind through the north side of #LdnOnt. Seek shelter now. #onstorm pic.twitter.com/TnaUeLHo4a— Anthony Farnell (@AnthonyFarnell) July 26, 2018Storm moving into north London likely contains golfball sized hail or bigger. pic.twitter.com/t8YxMYuQyv— Anthony Farnell (@AnthonyFarnell) July 26, 2018An earlier severe thunderstorm watch advisory spanning most of Southern Ontario said isolated damaging wind gusts could occur with the passing system, and small hail, torrential downpours, and frequent lightning may be associated.“Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year,” the advisory reads. “Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!”