A meteorologist with The Weather Network says there is a risk of a tornado in Chatham-Kent today.

Mark Robinson, who is also the host of The Weather Network’s show called StormHunters, said the tornado risk in the Chatham-Kent area is at 5% for Thursday, April 20.

He said the dynamics are very strong and supercells are likely near the Chatham-Kent area.

Robinson said the data he gathered comes from an American product and showcases the probability of a tornado within 25 miles of any given point within that area.

“It’s useful to show where the dynamics are set up for the potential for tornadoes, but it doesn’t mean that there’s absolutely going to be one today,” Robinson told the Sydenham Current.

Robinson said “supercells” are thunderstorms that have a rotating core, also known as a mesocyclone.

Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch across Chatham-Kent on Thursday morning.

Environment Canada officials say conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing damaging wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

“Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon and evening,” Environment Canada officials stated.

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