Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for most of greater Kawarthas Wednesday

Strong wind gusts, hail, and heavy rain possible in the afternoon and early evening

Severe thunderstorm watch

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for most of the greater Kawarthas region for Wednesday afternoon and evening (June 22).

The severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Peterborough County, Northumberland County, and Hastings County. As of 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County are not included in the watch.

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms Thursday afternoon and early evening. These storms are capable of producing strong wind gusts of 80 km/h, hail size up to 2 cm, and heavy rain.

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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.

Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develops. 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.