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Did north Durham get toonie-sized hail last night?

Environment Canada last night put north Durham under a severe thunderstorm watch, saying conditions were favourable for the development of “dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts and damaging hail”.

Township of Scugog consequently advised residents mentioning the possibility of “strong wind gusts and toonie-sized hail”.

Environment Canada forecast “nickel size hail”.

The Township of Brock also issued a similar advisory.

Though the severe thunderstorm watch was issued for northern Durham, thunder could be heard last evening as far down south as the lakeshore.

Just after 9:20pm, Environment Canada said severe thunderstorms have developed over a few areas and will likely continue this evening as a cold front approaches.

“Very large hail can damage property, break windows, dent vehicles and cause serious injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Locally, heavy rain is also possible. Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develops.”

It pointed out that lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. “Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!”

Emergency Management Ontario recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

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