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The Timmins tornado warning has ended, Environment Canada said Thursday evening. However, the thunderstorm watch is still in effect.

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Environment Canada issued a tornado warning for the Timmins area Thursday afternoon as a severe thunderstorm approaches.

Environment Canada is tracking a severe thunderstorm Friday evening that could produce a tornado in the North Bay area. (File)

The weather alert was issued at 2:42 p.m.

"A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is located 21 kilometres northwest of Timmins, moving east at 65 km/h," Environment Canada said.

"This severe thunderstorm is embedded in a cluster of thunderstorms sweeping through the region that are producing nickel to toonie sized hail and 90 km/h wind gusts."

In an update just before 3 p.m., it said "A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is located five kilometres north of Pottsville, moving east at 65 km/h."

Areas impacted are Kettle Lakes Provincial Park, Pottsville, Porcupine, Keyson, Dugwal, Barbers Bay, Moose Lake and Shillington.

Safety tips:

  • 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.

"This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year," the weather service said.

"Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!"

More to come on this breaking news story.

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