Severe thunderstorm warning ended for Muskoka

The Severe Thunderstorm Warning has ended for Muskoka.

PRIOR: *As of 8:18 PM EDT Friday 08 July 2016

A severe thunderstorm warning in effect for:


At 6:18 p.m. EDT, Environment Canada meteorologists started tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, nickel to ping pong ball size hail and heavy rain.

Radar shows several storms in the regions are producing hail 2 to 4 centimetres in diameter. Wind gusts to 90 kilometres per hour and heavy downpours are likely with these storms.

Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports to #ONStorm. (Photo of funnel cloud forming over Minnett by Norah Fountain)

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Accused Baysville Ponzi schemer’s case adjourned until March 22nd

What was to be the start of a 13 day preliminary hearing for accused ponzi schemer Nicholas Smirnow was today adjourned until later this month.

The Baysville resident who is  accused of bilking 40,000 investors in 120 countries out of $70-million between 2007 and 2009 appeared briefly in handcuffs this morning in Bracebridge court.

Crown Attorney Ted Carleton says he now expects the preliminary hearing will only take 11 days. It will start March 22nd in Huntsville Court.

Smirnow remains in custody facing two counts of fraud over $5000.00 and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under the Criminal Code of Canada.

Acting on a tip, police arrested him on December 12th, 2014 at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport after he and his wife got off a flight from the Philippines.

Through his online investment business, Pathway-2-Prosperity, also known as the P2P Network, which he operated from 2007 to 2008, Smirnow is reported to have offered a high-yield investment program.

The alleged scam promised high rates of return to investors over short periods of time.