Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for most of the Kawarthas for Wednesday

Conditions favourable for thunderstorms that may produce strong wind guest and large hail

Severe thunderstorm

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Wednesday (August 21) for most of the Kawarthas, including the counties of Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Hastings, and Haliburton.

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms on Wednesday afternoon and early evening. These thunderstorms may be capable of producing strong wind gusts and large hail.

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

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.