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Severe thunderstorm warning now in effect for Kingston and area

Photo by Brandon Morgan.

UPDATE (5:25 p.m.): The severe thunderstorm warning has now ended.

The earlier severe thunderstorm watch issued by Environment Canada has now been elevated to a severe thunderstorm warning.

The warning has been issued to the Kingston, Odessa, Frontenac Islands, Napanee, Consecon, Picton, and Sandbanks Park areas.

“Persons in or near this area should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions. Watch for updated statements,” Environment Canada said just after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2019.

The sever thunderstorm watch from earlier in the day stated the following:

“Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

Thunderstorms will continue to affect the region into this evening. The main threats are wind gusts up to 100 km/h and 2 cm hail. There is also the threat of an isolated tornado.

Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

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.”

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