Major Storm Brewing

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Wind warning in effect for:

Sault Ste. Marie – St. Joseph Island
Searchmont – Montreal River Harbour – Batchawana Bay
Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring.

Damaging wind gusts of 90 to 100 km/h overnight and early Thursday.

A very strong cold front will move through the region a couple of hours after midnight. Northwesterly wind gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are expected to develop behind the front. Gusts are forecast to diminish to 70 km/h later Thursday morning and below 50 km/h by late afternoon.

These winds may produce local power outages, especially with the ground being saturated.

Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage.

Rainfall warning in effect for:

Agawa – Lake Superior Park
Sault Ste. Marie – St. Joseph Island
Searchmont – Montreal River Harbour – Batchawana Bay
Rain, at times heavy, is expected.

Rain will continue into the overnight hours. Total rainfall amounts of 30 to 50 mm are expected with the heaviest rain falling this evening. Thunderstorms are also possible which would contribute to total rainfall amounts in excess of 50 mm.

This rain is the result of a developing low pressure system that is rapidly intensifying as it tracks over Northern Ontario.

Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Watch for possible washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:

Agawa – Lake Superior Park
Sault Ste. Marie – St. Joseph Island
Searchmont – Montreal River Harbour – Batchawana Bay
Conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing damaging wind gusts and large hail.

Areas of thunderstorms are expected to move eastward across the region late this evening. Damaging wind gusts and large hail may be associated with some of these storms.

Very strong wind gusts can damage buildings, down trees and blow large vehicles off the road. 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.

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Craig Huckerby
Craig Huckerby is a seasoned broadcast and media professional with over 38 years in local media. Starting in television, Craig became known as "the weather guy" on local television before pioneering internet media in the Sault. Craig is credited for bringing local television back to the Sault via the internet in 2003 with LTVNEWS.COM and was instrumental in launching SooNews.ca and Local2.ca. Craig is happy to be part of the Sault's newest media team of ONNtv and SaultOnline.com

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