Severe thunderstorm watch in place for the Kawarthas for Thursday

Strong wind gusts, heavy downpours, and hail are possible in late morning and afternoon

Severe thunderstorm

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

Severe thunderstorms are possible on Thursday (July 11) in the late morning and afternoon.

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

These thunderstorms may be capable of producing very strong wind gusts of 100 km/h, heavy downpours, and hail.

Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes.

Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. If you hear thunder, then lightning is close enough to be dangerous.

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, and torrential rainfall.