THUNDER BAY – WEATHER – Environment Canada has issued a Tornado Warnings, Tornado Watches, and Thunder Storm warnings for much of Northwestern Ontario.
9:12 PM EDT Sunday 20 July 2014
Tornado warning in effect for:
- Sioux Lookout – Eastern Lac Seul
- Pickle Lake – Cat Lake
Tornado watch in effect for:
- Atikokan – Shebandowan – Quetico Park
- Upsala – Raith
Tornado conditions possible – early evening to late evening.
A trough of low pressure over southern Manitoba continues to move slowly eastwards towards Northwestern Ontario. It is expected that a few thunderstorms may develop relatively close to the Manitoba border early this evening and track across portions of the regions under the tornado watch. Some of them are likely to become severe, with the risk of an isolated tornado or two. Also, very large hail in excess of 3 cm, strong damaging wind gusts and torrential downpours are possible.
Updated or ended by 9:10 p.m. CDT.
At 8:00 CDT, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a cluster of severe thunderstorms north of Sioux Lookout capable of producing damaging winds gusts and dime to nickel sized hail. The most intense thunderstorm is located 50 km north of Sioux Lookout and based on radar it may be producing a tornado.
This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. If you hear a roaring sound or see a funnel cloud, swirling debris near the ground, flying debris, or any threatening weather approaching, take shelter immediately.
Go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell or interior closet. Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelter, and move to a strong building if you can. As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris.
In Canada, lightning kills up to 10 people every year.
Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors.
Emergency Management Ontario recommends that you take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches.
Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required, so stay tuned to your local media or Weatheradio. Email reports of severe weather to email@example.com or tweet with the hashtag #ONStorm.
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