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Severe thunderstorm warning for Kingston and area

Photo by Brandon Morgan.

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Kingston, Odessa, Frontenac Islands, Napanee, Consecon, Picton, and Sandbanks Park.

As of 8:47 p.m., Environment Canada meteorologists say they were tracking a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing very strong wind gusts and up to nickel size hail.

At that time, this line of severe thunderstorms was located from 9 kilometres southwest of Murphys Point Provincial Park to 15 kilometres east of Tweed to Presqu’ile Provincial Park, moving southeast at 50 km/h.

Hazardous local heavy downpours and 90 km/h wind gusts and quarter size hail are expected.

Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued by Environment Canada when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

Environment Canada advises residents to take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches. 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 Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

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