Severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings across greater Kawarthas on Thursday

Cold front may bring damaging wind gusts, hail, and heavy downpours with isolated tornadoes possible

Severe thunderstorm

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the greater Kawarthas region for Thursday afternoon and evening (July 15).

The severe thunderstorm watch is currently in effect for Peterborough County, the City of Kawartha Lakes, and Haliburton County.

Conditions are favourable for severe thunderstorms on Thursday afternoon into the evening as a cold front sweeps across southern Ontario from the west.

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Ahead of and along the front, scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop.

Some of these storms could become severe, with damaging wind gusts of 80 to 110 km/h, nickel-sized hail, and heavy downpours. A few isolated tornadoes are also possible.

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. Be prepared for severe weather. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches.

Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!