ENDED – Tornado watch in effect Tuesday evening for northern Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton

Severe thunderstorms may also produce large hail, wind gusts up to 120 km/h, and heavy downpours

A tornado at Sturgeon Lake in Kawartha Lakes on June 23, 2020. (Photo: Amy Reeds @amy_reeds / Twitter)
A tornado at Sturgeon Lake in Kawartha Lakes on June 23, 2020. (Photo: Amy Reeds @amy_reeds / Twitter)

Environment Canada has issued a tornado watch for northern Kawartha Lakes and all of Haliburton County for Tuesday evening (September 14), with a severe thunderstorm watch also in effect for southern Kawartha Lakes, all of Peterborough County, and northern Hastings County.

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms which may produce tornadoes.

A line of severe thunderstorms is moving eastward across the regions early Tuesday evening,

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Large hail (up to ping pong ball size), wind gusts up to 120 km/h, and heavy downpours are possible.

Some of these storms may contain tornadoes. This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation.

In the event of a tornado, or if a tornado warning is issued for your area, it is recommended you take the following actions: Go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell, or interior closet.

Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelter, and move to a strong building if you can. As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris.