Thunder Bay

Northwest should plan on more severe storms, flooding

A meterologist with Environment Canada said research shows you may be needing those emergency kits more frequently in the coming years.

"The northwest is no stranger to these flooding rains."

Many may equate tornadoes with southern and southwestern Ontario, but Environment Canada says people in the northwest may see more of them in the coming years.

A meteorologist with Environment Canada said research shows you may be needing those emergency kits more frequently in the coming years.

Geoff Coulson said the main weather concern for the northwest is that the region could see more severe thunderstorms.

He said those storms can lead to flooding.

"So, this type of event with respect to the coming decades, it really is these flash flood-type events that seems to be showing a signal to somewhat more frequency over the course of the coming decades," he said.

Environment Canada warning preparedness meteorologist Geoff Coulson at his desk. (Environment Canada)

Coulson said severe hail, and in some cases, tornadoes, can accompany these storms.

He said while we normally associate these kind of weather systems with the prairies and southwestern Ontario, he said research shows the Lake of the Woods and Lake Superior areas are also prone to these types of storms.

"The northwest is no stranger to these flooding rains," he said.

Coulson said it's important to monitor weather watches and warnings, and consider emergency preparations as soon as possible.

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