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Severe thunderstorm warnings and watches in Ottawa and Gatineau were cancelled by Environment Canada on Saturday afternoon.
A line of thunderstorms was moving east through the region, the weather agency said in an 11 a.m. update on its website, with heavy rain and strong winds gusting up to 90 kilometres an hour.
By 3 p.m., the warning ended and a watch was issued in its place due to "possible severe thunderstorms today and [in the] evening."
By 3:50 p.m. the watch was cancelled.
At 3 p.m., the Ottawa Folk Festival said its programming was scheduled to continue into the evening.
"A heavy band of showers has passed through the region, and according to the Folk Festival’s meteorological consultants, we are not expecting anything more than light precipitation over the next few hours and into the evening," an email media release said. "The Folk Festival administration is in constant contact with our meteorological consultants and will issue more updates about programming and the weather if conditions change."
Updates will be posted on the festival website, as well as Twitter and Facebook.
Earlier Saturday, the Ride The Rideau cycling fundraiser had to be cancelled shortly after starting at 8 a.m. due to a thunderstorm that moved through the region. Its participants raised $1.72 million for cancer research at The Ottawa Hospital.
The Parkinson SuperWalk at Andrew Haydon Park was also cancelled.
Lightning struck a home and started a fire at 583 Tweedsmuir Ave. at about 9:15 a.m., firefighters said.
The lightning hit a vent on the two-storey home's roof and started a fire in the attic. Two adults and two children inside the home at the time managed to get out safely, and the fire was contained to the attic.
The ceiling and walls were opened up to make sure the fire hadn't spread.
Damage was estimated at about $300,000.
In Gatineau, storms caused several small fires, including one in an electrical panel at the Executive Ottawa-Gatineau Airport.
The rainfall also caused two sinkholes. The first, on Rue Jacques-Cartier, was expected to remain closed from Rue Saint Antoine to Rue Saint Louis until Sunday. The second happened at Rue Saint Antoine and Chemin de la Savane.
Environment Canada said Saturday's rain was expected to stop late in the evening followed by cloudy skies and a 40-per-cent chance of rain.
There is the risk of a thunderstorm in the evening with about five millimetres of rain.