Severe thunderstorm watch in effect Sunday for greater Kawarthas region

Possible wind gusts up to 90 km/h, 2 cm hail, and heavy rain of 50 mm within one hour

Severe thunderstorm

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Sunday (August 29) for all of the greater Kawarthas region, including Peterborough, Kawarthas Lakes, Northumberland, Haliburton, and Hastings County.

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms into Sunday evening.

The strongest of these thunderstorms will be capable of producing strong wind gusts up to 90 km/h, hail size up to 2 cm, and heavy rain of 50 mm within one hour.

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Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. 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.


This story has been updated to include all areas in the expanded severe thunderstorm watch.