Severe thunderstorm brings rain, wind and power outages

A severe thunderstorm hit London, Strathroy and Middlesex County Wednesday afternoon

Weather service had warned: 'Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches'

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the area of London, Strathroy and Middlesex County earlier on Wednesday. (Colin Butler/CBC)

A severe thunderstorm blew through the London area Wednesday afternoon bringing high winds, pelting rain and power outages. 

Environment Canada officials issued a weather warning at 2 p.m. for London, Strathroy and Middlesex County earlier in the day saying damaging wind gusts, heavy rain and even nickel-sized hail could be expected. 

The warning proved to be true. 

London Hydro started reporting outages in the downtown and the east-end of the city shortly after the rain started falling. Most London customers had hydro restored by 4 p.m. 

Outside of the city, Hydro One continued to report sporadic outages across southwestern Ontario.