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Tornado watch in effect for several areas surrounding Toronto [Video]

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Canadian Environment and Climate

A tornado watch is in effect for several areas surrounding Toronto.

Environment Canada issued the alert Thursday morning, warning of wind gusts with speeds of up to 110 km/h.

Newmarket, northern Durham Region, Peterborough, Caledon and Barrie are among the areas affected by the Tornado watch.

“Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms which may produce tornadoes,” the weather agency wrote in the alert.

Heavy rain and nickel to Toonie-sized hail is also possible is some areas starting this afternoon.

Environment Canada called the situation dangerous and “potentially life-threatening,” warning members of the public to take cover if a tornado does form in their area.

The alert was issued ahead of a windy afternoon in Toronto, where the risk of thunderstorms is also present, although no weather alerts have been issued for the city at this time.

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