Experts look for evidence of tornadoes in Hamilton
Environment Canada investigators are in Hamilton today trying to determine if a tornado touched down in the city early this morning.
High winds took down trees and power lines in a swath from Lake Huron to the Lake Erie shore.
An alert was issued at 1:30 a.m. and lifted at 2:15 a.m. in Hamilton, as unconfirmed reports surfaced of two funnel clouds.
Nearly 8,000 Horizon Utilities customers lost service overnight as wind gusts of up to 90 km/h pounded the area. Crews are restoring hydro knocked out by falling trees and branches.
The Canadian lightning detection network identified an impressive 80,000 flashes of lightning over Southern Ontario with this storm.
Kenilworth Avenue underpass was flooded for about an hour, and Highway 6 north is slow going as crews remove debris from the roadway along the route to Cambridge.
There are no reports of serious injury.
--John Burman, Hamilton Spectator