Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Kingston and area

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued by Environment Canada on Thursday, Jul. 11, 2019.

The thunderstorm watch is in effect for the Kingston, Odessa, Frontenac Islands, Napanee, Consecon, Picton, and Sandbanks Park areas

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

“Severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and evening. These thunderstorms may be capable of producing very strong wind gusts of 100 km/h, heavy downpours and hail.”

According to the national weather agency, scattered showers or thunderstorms are possible this morning, however, stronger thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon.

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

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