TORONTO — About 1,600 homes in southwestern Ontario are without power after thunderstorms swept through earlier Saturday.

A Hydro One spokesman says crews have been dispatched to assess damages in the Norwich area of the Blandford-Blenhiem district and sections of Oxford County, east of London.

Environment Canada is warning of unsettled weather zooming across the province, including severe thunderstorms expected from London, through Waterloo Region and Hamilton, as well as in the Kingston area.

 

By mid-morning, storms featuring coin-sized hail, heavy showers and lightening had also pummelled parts of southern Ontario including Brampton and areas north of Toronto.

It’s the result of a vigorous low pressure system that started over southern Lake Michigan early in the day.

The system is moving east from the Goderich area, to north of Toronto, to the Kingston area and finally into northern New York by Saturday night.

Areas to the system’s north are expected to be soaked by 15 to 20 millimetres of rain, but potential thunderstorms could push that to 25 to 40 mm in some areas.

Areas south of the system are expecting a dousing of 15 mm or less of rain.

In southwestern Ontario, strong winds gusting up to 70 kilometres an hour or higher will set the stage for a blustery afternoon and evening that feels more like November.

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