UPDATE: As of 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning, indicating that significant rainfall is in store for Kingston and the area.
“Rain, at times heavy, is expected,” the warning reads.
“An area of heavy showers and thunderstorms across the area is expected to give rainfall amounts up to 60 mm in a few hours.”
The national weather agency said that radar estimates suggest that some areas have already received 20 to 40 mm of rain.
“Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Heavy rainfall in combination with other weather factors, such as hail, wind and lightning will make outdoor activities unsafe,” Environment Canada said.
Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Kingston and the area for this afternoon and evening.
The statement was issued just before 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, and is in effect for Kingston, Odessa, Frontenac Islands, Napanee, Consecon, Picton, and Sandbanks Park.
“Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. These thunderstorms may be capable of producing heavy downpours and strong wind gusts,” the statement reads.
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. Environment Canada reminds the public that strong winds can toss loose objects, break tree branches, and damage buildings. Additionally, heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.
“The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches,” the statement reads.
Kingstonist will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as information becomes available.