08/02/2015 05:02 EDT | Updated 08/02/2016 05:59 EDT

Toronto area under severe thunderstorm watch

A severe thunderstorm watch is in place for Toronto and parts of southern Ontario as storm clouds make its way across the region.

Environment Canada issued the warning just before 4:30 p.m. ET. Several clusters of serious to severe thunderstorms are possible well into the evening, the weather agency said. Torontonians can expect strong wind gusts, large hail, heavy rain and the possibility of isolated brief tornadoes.

Environment Canada advised that there is no safe place outdoors during a thunderstorm and residents should seek shelter if they see adverse conditions.