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Tornado seen over Lake Simcoe, warning now lifted

Last Updated Aug 28, 2018 at 5:57 am EDT

A screen grab from a video shows a tornado-like system moving through Oro-Medonte on Aug. 27, 2018. Credit: Matt Kiegelmann

It was a frightening moment for residents in the Lake Simcoe area when a funnel cloud touched down on Monday evening.

Environment Canada had issued a tornado warning for much of southern Ontario. The warning has since been lifted.

On Monday, the agency said two dangerous thunderstorms moved through the area that were capable of producing a tornado. They confirmed that a brief tornado was seen over Lake Simcoe, east of Hawkestone, affecting areas including Lindsay, Mariposa and Grasshill.

Environment Canada’s Ontario Storm Prediction Centre told CityNews they have received multiple reports of a tornado touching down in Hawkestone, but have yet to confirm if the tornado made landfall. A damage survey team has been sent to the area and other areas where a tornado sighting was reported to confirm touchdown.

People from across southern Ontario shared their photos and videos as the system moved through their neighbourhoods: