Severe thunderstorm watch issued for the Kawarthas

Strong wind gusts, hail, and heavy downpours possible

Severe thunderstorm

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for most of the Kawarthas, including the city and county of Peterborough, the City of Kawartha Lakes, and the counties of Haliburton and Hastings.

An area of thunderstorms is developing over the region this evening. Some of these thunderstorms may be able to produce strong wind gusts, small- to medium-sized hail, and local heavy downpours.

Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. 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.