Severe thunderstorm watch for the Kawarthas on Tuesday afternoon and evening

Damaging wind gusts, downpours, frequent lightning, and hail possible

Severe thunderstorm

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Tuesday (October 1) for all of the Kawarthas, including Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, Hastings, and Haliburton.

Severe thunderstorms with local damaging wind gusts are possible on Tuesday afternoon and early evening.

Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop ahead of a cold front in areas near Lake Huron and Georgian Bay by early afternoon.

These storms are then expected to track southeastward across southern Ontario during the afternoon and early evening hours.

The storms will likely move through the GTA late this afternoon.

Damaging wind gusts may be associated with some of these storms as well as torrential downpours, frequent lightning, and hail. There will also be the risk for an isolated tornado.

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!

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.