Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for all of the greater Kawarthas region for Tuesday afternoon and evening (July 20).
The severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Peterborough County, the City of Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland County, Hastings County, and Haliburton County.
A line of thunderstorms has developed near Georgian Bay and is tracking east towards the area. This line of severe thunderstorms is expected to move over eastern Ontario Tuesday afternoon and evening with very strong winds and hail.
Wind gusts up to 110 km/h are possible, along with up to ping pong ball-sized hail. A tornado is also possible.
Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Very strong wind gusts can damage buildings, down trees and blow large vehicles off the road. Locally heavy rain is also possible. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!
Environment Canada issues severe thunderstorm watches when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, and torrential rainfall.
The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.