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Tornado warning issued for Espanola area

Shortly after 12 noon meteorologists started seeing evidence that storm clouds could spawn a tornado in this area
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Tornado warning in effect for:
  • Espanola - Killarney

At 12:09 p.m. EDT, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm that is possibly producing a tornado. Damaging winds, large hail and locally intense rainfall are also possible.

Severe thunderstorms are tracking eastward at 70 kilometres per hour towards areas south or southwest of Dowling over the next hour. Storms may pass over McKerrow, Espinola or Nairn Centre. A tornado on the ground is possible as well wind gusts over 100 kilometres per hour and damaging hail are possible with this storm as it tracks rapidly eastward. This storm may weaken as it approaches the vicinity of Sudbury however this warning will be updated as the storm approaches.

This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. If you hear a roaring sound or see a funnel cloud, swirling debris near the ground, flying debris, or any threatening weather approaching, take shelter immediately.

Go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell or interior closet. Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelter, and move to a strong building if you can. As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris.

Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

Tornado warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing tornadoes.

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 or tweet reports using #ONStorm.