ENDED – Severe thunderstorm watch in effect Thursday for entire greater Kawarthas region

Approaching cold front may bring strong wind gusts up to 90 km/h and up to nickel-sized hail

Two cars on a highway in a thunderstorm with hail. (Stock photo)

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the entire greater Kawarthas region for Thursday afternoon and evening (July 28).

The severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Peterborough County, City of Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland County, Haliburton County, and Hastings County.

Thunderstorms are expected to develop Thursday afternoon ahead of a cold front tracking through the area. The main threats with these storms will be strong wind gusts up to 90 km/h and hail up to nickel size.

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Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Very strong wind gusts can damage buildings, down trees and blow large vehicles off the road. 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.