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Thunderstorms rumble in northern Ontario


Large hail came crashing to the ground in Dryden, ON Tuesday
Large hail came crashing to the ground in Dryden, ON Tuesday

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

May 11, 2011 — Warmer temperatures are welcomed by most Ontarians, but a spike in the thermometer could also add to more unsettled conditions.

Radar imagery shows thunderstorms rolling across northwestern Ontario Tuesday and into Wednesday
Radar imagery shows thunderstorms rolling across northwestern Ontario Tuesday and into Wednesday

Heavy downpours, gusty winds, lightning and hail. People in southern Ontario are bracing for some thunderstorms on Friday. On Tuesday and Wednesday, however, it was northwestern Ontario dealing with active weather.

A series of thunderstorms rolled across the province, making noise and causing a scene. Parts of the province saw temperatures climb to nearly 20C on Tuesday and by the evening hours, Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the region.

It's all part of the same system that has been drenching Manitoba - a province dealing with an major flood situation. Large hail came crashing to the ground in Dryden. By Wednesday morning, lightning was still being reported along the shores of Lake Superior.

The severe storm season usually picks up in May and lasts until the end of September. Ontario has already reported its first tornado this year. An F0 tornado was confirmed in the town of Fergus on April 27. Residents should be aware of the risks involved with potentially damaging storms and prepare for whatever the warmer months could bring.

To stay up to date on the weather in your area, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also sign up to have watches and warnings sent to your cell phone.

With files from Lyndsay Morrison

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