THUNDER BAY – Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Effect 13:10 EDT – At 1:10 PM EDT, meteorologists are tracking lines of strong to severe thunderstorms over northwestern Ontraio west of Lake Superior. The storms are moving southeast at 30 km/h and are oriented northwest to southeast so that some locations may receive several thunderstorms with torrential downpours giving rainfall amounts of over 50 mm. The storms are also capable of producing hail greater than 2 cm and strong wind gusts to 90 km/h.
Communities in the path include: Upsala Raith Thunder Bay Dorion
Emergency Management Ontario recommends that you take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches.
Strong wind gusts and hail can damage property and cause injuries. Local downpours can cause flash floods.
Go indoors and move away from windows and skylights. Avoid areas of the building that could be affected by falling debris such as tree limbs. Stay on the lower floor of your home or building and if the storm is particularly severe go to the basement.
Avoid driving through water on roads. Even shallow fast moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle away.
In Canada, lightning kills up to 10 people every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors.
For more information: www.emergencymanagementontario.ca.