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Rainfall warning and thunderstorm watch issued for Kingston and area

Photo by Liv Bruce.

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning and a severe thunderstorm watch for the Kingston area today, Wednesday, Jun. 1, 2022.

Specifically, the rainfall warning is issued for the Kingston, Odessa, and Frontenac Islands areas. Those areas, as well as Napanee, Consecon, Picton and Sandbanks Park are also under the severe thunderstorm watch which Environment Canada said will continue into this afternoon.

“Total rainfall amounts near 40 mm are possible in a short period of time this morning. While the heaviest rain is expected this morning, thunderstorm development remains possible throughout the day,” Environment Canada said.

The national weather agency also stated that heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.

According to the watch, wind gusts and large hail are possible as part of the severe thunderstorm watch.

“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,” Environment Canada said. “Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!”

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