UPDATE: The storm has passed.
Environment Canada has issued a tornado watch for Dryden, Vermilion Bay, Ignace, English River and the surrounding communities.
A tornado watch means that conditions are favourable for the development of a tornado.
Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms which may produce tornadoes.
Hail 3 to 5 cm in diameter.
Damaging wind gusts to 100 km/h. Isolated gusts to 120 km/h possible.
Portions of northwestern Ontario including Dryden, Sioux Lookout, Atikokan, Ear Falls
Late this afternoon and early evening.
Thunderstorms are developing this afternoon and may become severe with large hail and damaging winds. Latest analysis is suggesting a higher risk of a tornado and therefore the severe thunderstorm watch has been upgraded to a tornado watch.
Be prepared for severe weather. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches.
In the event of a tornado, or if a tornado warning is issued for your area, it is recommended you take the following actions: Go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell or interior closet. Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelter, and move to a strong building if you can. As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris.
Tornado watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce tornadoes.