Severe thunderstorm watch issued for the Kawarthas for Wednesday

Wind gusts and hail possible this afternoon and evening, with threat of isolated tornado

Severe thunderstorm

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for most of the Kawarthas, including Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Hastings, and Northumberland.

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

Thunderstorms are forecast to develop Wednesday afternoon (June 26) and persist into this evening.

The main threats are wind gusts up to 100 km/h and 2 cm hail. There is also the threat of an isolated tornado.

Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

Severe thunderstorm watches are issued 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.