Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Kenora, Dryden, and Surrounding Areas

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Regions Under Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued for Dryden, Ignace, and Surrounding Areas

DRYDEN – WEATHER – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Dryden, Ignace, and several surrounding areas, including Kenora, Vermilion Bay, Ignace, Superior West, Atikokan, and Fort Frances. The conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may bring strong wind gusts, large hail, and heavy rain. Residents are advised to stay vigilant and prepare for possible severe weather.

Weather Hazards and Timing

Hazards:

  • Hail ranging from toonie to golf ball size
  • Strong wind gusts reaching up to 90 km/h

Timing:

  • This afternoon and early this evening

Discussion and Safety Measures

Severe thunderstorms are expected to form near the Ontario-Minnesota border this afternoon and move eastward. The atmospheric conditions over Ontario are conducive to severe weather. However, it is possible that the most intense storms may remain close to or just south of the border.

Large hail has the potential to damage property and cause injuries. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak structures, break branches off trees, and overturn large vehicles. Severe thunderstorms can also produce tornadoes, adding to the danger. Water-related activities may be particularly hazardous due to sudden and violent gusts of wind over bodies of water.

Lightning is another significant threat, causing fatalities and injuries in Canada each year. It is crucial to remember the adage: “When thunder roars, go indoors!” Seek shelter immediately if you hear thunder.

Emergency Management Ontario advises that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches. Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when conditions are ripe for the development of storms that could produce large hail, damaging winds, or torrential rainfall.

Wardrobe Suggestions

Given the severe weather conditions, it is recommended to wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing. Waterproof outerwear can help in case of sudden heavy rain. Avoid wearing loose items that could be blown away by strong winds. Always carry a flashlight and stay close to sturdy shelters.

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