Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued

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A line of thunderstorms are approaching the area for later tonight. The exact track appears to have the line moving more northerly of the city but areas between the Sault and south of Wawa could be impacted.

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:

  • Sault Ste. Marie – St. Joseph Island
  • Searchmont – Montreal River Harbour – Batchawana Bay

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

Hazards:
Strong wind gusts up to 90 km/h.
Nickel size hail.
Locally heavy downpours.

Timing:
This evening.

Discussion:
A line of thunderstorms is expected to approach the area ahead of a cold front this evening. The main threats with these storms will be wind gusts up to 90 km/h and hail up to nickel size.

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. 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.