Tornado watches, warnings issued for part of northwestern Ontario

Tornado watches and warnings have been issued for a portion of northwestern Ontario.

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) says a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is moving through Dryden and Vermillion Bay. Areas affected include Eagle River, Minnitaki, Oxdrift and Eton-Rugby.

“A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is located 5 kilometres north of Eagle Lake, moving northeast at 50 km/h,” ECCC said in an alert released shortly before 4 p.m.

A tornado warning was briefly in effect for Sioux Narrows, Nestor Falls, and Morson, but was been downgraded to a severe thunderstorm warning. Kenora and Fort Frances are under a tornado watch.

The government agency says a line of thunderstorms is expected to push eastwards through northwestern Ontario Tuesday afternoon and early in the evening.

The storm brings a risk of tornadoes, wind gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour, heavy downpours, and nickel size hail.

ECCC says folks should take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

If a tornado warning or watch is issued in your area, you are advised to go inside to a room on the lower floor away from outside walls and windows, like a basement, bathroom, stairwell or interior closet. People should leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelters, and move to a strong building.

As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris.

More information about the tornado can be found on ECCC’s website.

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