Updated Sept. 14 at 2:25 p.m.: Environment Canada has ended the severe thunderstorm warning for the region, but the tornado watch remains in effect for the time being.
Environment Canada has issued a tornado watch for the Greater Sudbury area, noting that “conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms which may produce tornadoes.”
The watch was issued at 12:03 p.m. today.
There is potential that this storm system could bring tornadoes, large hail up to ping pong-ball size, wind gusts of up to 120 km/h and heavy downpours.
“This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation,” according to the watch issued by Environment Canada in which people are cautioned to be prepared and take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.
A line of severe thunderstorms is expected to move eastward across the regions this afternoon and into the evening, including some storms “likely to contain tornadoes,” according to Environment Canada.
In the event of a tornado, Environment Canada urges people to:
- Go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows
- Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelters
- As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris.