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Severe thunderstorm watch ends for Greater Toronto Area

A severe thunderstorm watch issued earlier Thursday by Environment Canada for much of the Greater Toronto Area has ended.

Environment Canada had issued severe thunderstorm warnings for the GTA earlier Thursday

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management says that people should take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. (Donna Lypchuk/Canadian Press)

A severe thunderstorm watch issued earlier Thursday by Environment Canada for much of the Greater Toronto Area has ended.

The federal weather agency had issued thunderstorm warnings for the area earlier in the day, but those ended mid-afternoon. The agency issued the watch not long afterwards, saying there was still the potential for storms to hit the GTA later in the afternoon.

Severe thunderstorms are capable of producing strong wind gusts up to 100 km/h, large hail and heavy downpours, the statement says.

"We've already seen one round of thunderstorms move through the western part of GTA; we had a brief but heavy shower at the airport already from surround one of the storms," Geoff Coulson, a warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada, told CBC Toronto Thursday morning.