Residents in the Dryden, Kenora,  Ignace, Vermilion Bay and English River areas may see between 50 to 70 millimetres of rainfall today. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement, which warns of heavy rain and severe thunderstorms.

Clusters of thunderstorms are expected to develop to the west or southwest of Lake of the Woods this morning. However, Environment Canada notes that these storms may miss northwestern Ontario, and may remain south of the international border.

“The ingredients are there for severe thunderstorms. If everything lines up, then we will see a lot of rain – up to 100 mm’s,” said Environment Canada Meteorologist Gerald Cheng. He added that we may see winds of above 50 kilometres per hour during the storm.

Severe thunderstorm warnings 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, or torrential rainfall.

“Just be careful out there, especially when driving in a heavy downpour. It’s hard to see in front of you, so slow down, and take more time to brake,” Cheng added.

Environment Canada says that they will continue to closely monitor the situation. The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

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