6:04 PM EDT A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay – Weather – Environment Canada meteorologists have issued a severe thunderstorm warning for our area. Please take necessary precautions immediately and stay safe.

what are you expecting: At 6:04 PM EDT (6:04 PM EDT), Environment Canada meteorologists detected a severe thunderstorm approaching our area. This storm will likely bring strong winds, nickel-sized hail, and heavy rain. Large hail can cause property damage and pose a personal safety risk.

This severe thunderstorm is located 8 kilometers southeast of Little Dog Lake, moving northeast at 45 km/h.

Locations affected include: Hawke’s Bay, Hawke’s Lake, Burke’s Lake, One Island Lake, Tuemela, Trout Lake, Onion Lake and Beaverlodge Lake.

Safety Tips: Here are some basic safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe during this severe weather:

  1. Find shelter: If you are outside and the weather is dangerous, seek shelter immediately. Head inside to a sturdy building or well-constructed shelter. Avoid staying in temporary or open buildings.
  2. Stay informed: Follow local weather updates and official sources for the latest information on the storm’s progress and any additional warnings.
  3. Emergency kit: Prepare an emergency kit, including flashlights, batteries, non-perishable food items, bottled water, a first aid kit, and any necessary medications.
  4. Family and pets: Make sure your family members and pets are safe by keeping them indoors and away from windows. Pets can become restless during storms, so make sure they are safe and comfortable.
  5. Prepare for power outages: In the event of a power outage, use flashlights instead of candles to avoid fire risks. Unplug sensitive electronic devices to protect them from power surges when power is restored.
  6. Stay inside: Stay inside until the storm passes and authorities declare it safe to go outside. Even after a storm, be careful of fallen power lines and debris.
  7. Stay away from flooded areas: Avoid walking or driving on flooded streets or areas because they can hide hazards such as submerged obstacles or fast-moving water.

Power outage information: If you experience a power outage during a thunderstorm, here’s what you should do:

  1. Reporting an outage: Contact your local utility company to report a power outage. They will provide updates on restoration efforts.
  2. Keep food safe: Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to preserve perishable food items.
  3. Stay warm/cool: Depending on the season, dress appropriately to stay warm or cool. Use blankets and layered clothing for warmth in the winter, and stay hydrated in hot weather.
  4. Generator safety: If you have a generator, use it outdoors in a well-ventilated area and follow safety guidelines to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Remember, safety is our top priority during severe weather events. Take these precautions seriously, and let’s stay safe together. Monitor local news sources for updates and follow any instructions from local authorities.

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