Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Kenora, Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong areas. The threat of severe thunderstorms will be this afternoon, this evening and into tomorrow.
Officials says that conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong gusts, large hail and heavy rain.
“The chances for severe thunderstorms are high. They may hit some places, and may miss other places. It’s difficult to say, but the chances are there.” says Environment Canada Meteorologist Gerald Cheng.
Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.
Cheng adds that the system is expected to continue into tomorrow, before clearing up over the weekend. “After the system passes through, we’re looking at fair and dry weather over the weekend. It’s looking like a good weekend, although, the area could use more rain.”
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.
The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.
Earlier today, Environment Canada issued an air quality advisory for 15 communities in the northern portion of the Kenora district, following a number of active forest fires in the area. Residents in the affected areas are warned of high levels of air pollution.
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