The Power is out at Old Fort William. Spokesperson Marty Mascarin says that means David Wilcox and the Stampeders will not be taking the stage. The fort had planned to move the concert indoors because of the heavy rainfall, but no sooner had they decided to do that the power went out. Mascarin notes tickets will be refunded, or can be used for any of the remaining shows during the rendezvous.
Pockets of Thunder Bay are experiencing power outages thanks to the wicked windy and wet weather we're experiencing. Thunder Bay Hydro says they're working to restore power and that most of the outages were caused by trees being knocked down onto power lines.
The severe weather we are experiencing could have an impact on forest fire hazard across Northwestern Ontario. The Ministry of Natural Resources says significant rain could push the hazard in Dryden, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, Kenora and Fort Frances to low. However, the hazard in the Thunder Bay District is expected to jump to moderate to high. The MNR is keeping a close eye on Thunderstorm activity. Two new fires were reported yesterday.
A Thunder Bay teen will sit on a special youth advisory panel dealing with provincial government policies. 19 year old Martin Zhang will be travelling to Toronto to take part on July 24th and July 25th. Martin will join 23 other young people from across the province discussing how governments make policy decisions. The final report will be presented to the government in the fall.
Another cross country bike tour has made a stop in Thunder Bay. This time around it's Charles Lage who will raise funds to build a Canadian Centre for Music and Classroom Therapy. The centre if built would use music for the treatment of a wide range of medical issues, particularily autism. The proposed site for the centre is in the Winnipeg area.
We won't get any relief from the rain until sometime tonight. Environment Canada's Peter Kimbell says we can expect as much as 25 millimetres today with even more rain further west. Kimbell says there will also be some Thunderstorm activity tonight. The forecast does look much better for the start of the weekend however as Environment Canada is calling for sunshine and highs near 28 for Friday and Saturday.