Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:

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Blind River – Thessalon
Espanola – Killarney
Manitoulin Island
Conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing damaging wind gusts and large hail.

A cluster of thunderstorms over Upper Michigan is expected to move eastwards into the Sault Ste Marie area early this afternoon. Additional new thunderstorms are also expected to form this afternoon over Northeastern Ontario. Any of these thunderstorms have the potential to become severe.

Very strong wind gusts can damage buildings, down trees and blow large vehicles off the road. Be prepared for severe weather. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. 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.

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.cpio-tempetes-ospc-storms.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

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Craig Huckerby is a seasoned broadcast and media professional with over 35 years in local media. Starting in television, Craig became known as "the weather guy" on local television before pioneering internet media in the Sault. Craig is credited for bringing local television back to the Sault via the internet in 2003 with LTVNEWS.COM and was instrumental in launching SooNews.ca and Local2.ca. Craig is happy to be part of the Sault's newest media team and website, SaultOnline.com

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