Severe thunderstorm warning in effect for Peterborough county Sunday night

Strong wind gusts up to 80 km/h, nickel-sized hail, and heavy rain possible

Two cars on a highway in a thunderstorm with hail. (Stock photo)

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Sunday evening (July 18) for all of Peterborough county.

At 7:39 p.m. Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing strong wind gusts up to 80 km/h, nickel-sized hail, and heavy rain.

This severe thunderstorm is located near Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Park, moving south at 40 km/h. A second severe thunderstorm is located near Silent Lake Provincial Park, moving south at 40 km/h.

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Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. 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 warnings when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing 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.

 

This story has been updated with the latest weather updates from Environment Canada.