Powerful winds and heavy downpours have destroyed properties and knocked out power in Collingwood.
As per Environment Canada, a series of violent storms developed over the Georgian Bay on Monday afternoon, prompting a threat for a severe thunderstorm in the area. Hail, gusty winds and heavy showers could be part of these storms.
Strong winds are uprooting the trees as heavy rain lashes the region. The area has witnessed extensive damage including uprooted trees and toppled trailers.
The national weather agency issued a warning for severe thunderstorm, which includes the Northern York Region, Newmarket, Northern Durham Region, Innisfil, Barrie, Collingwood and Orillia.
According to Environment Canada, wind speed of 71 mph has been recorded at the Lake Simcoe Airport near Barrie around 4 p.m.
Residents are advised to take cover immediately, if extreme weather prevails.
Thunderstorms with gusts at a speed of 68 mph are moving towards southeast across the regions and will pass through Lake Simcoe and then continue southeastward over the next hour.
There is also a possibility of hail over these areas.
A survey team to the Collingwood area will be sent on Tuesday to measure the severity of the storm.
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