Severe thunderstorm watch in place for the Kawarthas

Storms expected this afternoon and evening as cold front moves in

Severe thunderstorm

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstom watch today (August 9) for all of southern Ontario, including the Kawarthas.

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail, and heavy rain.

The threat of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and early this evening is associated with a cold front moving across southern Ontario. Thunderstorms are also possible well in advance of the front.

This watch is in effect for a large area; however, severe thunderstorms will be very isolated.

Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.

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

Environment Canada issues severe thunderstorm watches when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

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.