Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland for Tuesday night

Heavy rainfall, wind gusts up to 100 km/h, large hail possible

Severe thunderstorm

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for much of the Kawarthas region for Tuesday night (September 7).

The severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for all of Kawartha Lakes, southern Peterborough County, and western Northumberland County.

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms on Tuesday evening.

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Some of these thunderstorms will be capable of producing wind gusts up to 100 km/h, large hail up to 2 cm in diameter, and locally heavy rainfall.

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. 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, torrential rainfall.

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.