Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Peterborough and Kawarthas region for Thursday

Isolated thunderstorms with damaging winds, hail, and lightning possible in late afternoon and evening

Severe thunderstorm

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Peterborough and the greater Kawarthas region, including Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, Haliburton, and Hastings Highlands.

Severe isolated thunderstorms are forecast to develop and move southeastward across the region late on Thursday afternoon and evening (July 2).

Locally damaging winds gusts may be associated with one or two of these storms, along with hail and frequent cloud-to-ground lightning.

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As the storms are expected to be isolated, many places will not be affected.

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.