The storm has passed.

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Dryden, Vermilion Bay, Ignace, English River, and the surrounding communities.

The agency says conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms late this afternoon into this evening.

These thunderstorms will be capable of producing strong wind gusts up to 90 km/h and large hail up to 2 cm in diameter. Locally heavy rainfall will also be possible.

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.