KENORA – Environment Canada has issued a Severe Thunderstorm watch for the western regions of Northwestern Ontario. A cold front coming into the area from Manitoba has generated the conditions that could cause the storms.
Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:
- Kenora – Grassy Narrows – Whitedog
- Sioux Narrows – Nestor Falls – Morson
- Dryden – Vermilion Bay
- Ignace – English River
- Savant Lake – Sturgeon Lake
- Sioux Lookout – Eastern Lac Seul
- Pickle Lake – Mishkeegogaming FN
- Sandy Lake First Nation
- Red Lake – Ear Falls
The weather service report that conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts and large hail.
Thunderstorms are expected to develop along a cold front near the Manitoba border late this afternoon.
Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Locally heavy rain is also possible. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!
Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.