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Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Kingston and area

Photo by Rubens Mittag.

 

Kingston, Odessa, and the Frontenac Islands are at risk of severe thunderstorms late this afternoon and in early evening, according to Environment Canada.

“Thunderstorms are expected to develop over Eastern Ontario late this afternoon ahead of an approaching cold front. As of mid afternoon, extensive cloud cover continues to affect the region which may limit the intensity of the thunderstorms. However, if clearing occurs, the severe weather threat may increase,” Environment Canada said in a statement.

The wind gusts that could reach up to 100 km/h would be the main threat, Environment Canada said, although large hail is also possible.

“An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.”

The severe thunderstorm threat will end this 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. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year.

“Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!” the government weather agency said.

“Severe thunderstorm watches are issued 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.”

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

The City of Kingston is offering sandbags to residents that may need them.

“If you find yourself in a potential flood situation and require sand or sandbags, call 613-546-0000 to arrange for pick-up at 875 Innovation Dr,” the City said in a press release.

“When you call, you will be asked when you plan to collect the sand or sandbags.”

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