Severe thunderstorm watch issued for the Kawarthas on Monday

Torrential rain and damaging wind gusts are possible mid-afternoon into late evening

Severe thunderstorm

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Monday (July 27) for much of the greater Kawarthas region, including Northumberland, Haliburton, and Hastings. When this story was posted, Peterborough and the Kawartha Lakes were not included in the watch.

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing very strong wind gusts and torrential rain.

Storms are possible for mid-afternoon into the late evening, with 50 mm of rain in an hour or less and damaging wind gusts of up to 90 km/h.

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Very strong wind gusts can damage buildings, down trees and blow large vehicles off the road. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. 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.