Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Wednesday afternoon and evening (August 3). The severe thunderstorm watch is currently in effect for Kawartha Lakes.
Thunderstorms are expected to develop on Wednesday. Some of these thunderstorms may become severe with strong wind gusts near 90 km/h, nickel-size hail, and torrential downpours with rainfall amounts possibly in excess of 50 mm.
Tornadoes also can not be ruled out.
The potential for severe thunderstorms will come to an end Wednesday evening.
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. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Stay indoors when a thunderstorm strikes. There isn’t a place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm.
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, or torrential rainfall.
This story will be updated if the severe thunderstorm watch expands to other areas in the greater Kawarthas region.