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Severe thunderstorm, tornado warnings issued for the area

A warning has been issued as meteorologists track a severe thunderstorm that could possibly produce a tornado.

A thunderstorm warning is in effect for much of the area, with a tornado warning has been issued for northern Kawartha Lakes.

“Radar indicates a tornado may be moving eastward through the region as well as strong winds associated with a line of thunderstorms. Wind gusts to 110 kilometres an hour are possible and higher winds may be associated with a tornado. The strongest area of thunderstorms is 20 kilometres east of Gravenhurst continuing eastward towards Minden,” the tornado warning from Environment Canada reads.

“This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. If you hear a roaring sound or see a funnel cloud, swirling debris near the ground, flying debris, or any threatening weather approaching, take shelter immediately.”

In the event of a tornado, residents are asked to go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell or interior closet.

“Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelter, and move to a strong building if you can. As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris,” the warning reads.

In York and Durham regions, the storm is expected to produce wind gusts up to 120 km/h.

“Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. Heavy downpours are likely to cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes,” the severe thunderstorm warning reads.

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