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Severe thunderstorm warning for Kingston and area

Environment Canada has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Kingston, Odessa, and Frontenac Islands.

“At 3:44 p.m. EDT, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain,” said the national weather service.

According to Environment Canada, this line of severe thunderstorms is located from Cardinal to Beaver Lake, moving southeast at 25 km/h.

Local rainfall amounts near 50 mm in an hour or less are possible, Environment Canada says.

Locations impacted include:
Brockville, Prescott, Frontenac Provincial Park, Leeds, Charleston Lake Provincial Park, Charleston Lake, Chippewa, Varty Lake, Napanee Lake, Pondlily Lake, Vanluven Lake, Verona, Verona Lake, Hambly Lake, Howes Lake, Little Mud Lake, Fourteen Island Lake, Thirteen Island Lake, Knowlton Lake and Thirty Island Lake.

“Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. 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,” Environment Canada says.

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.

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

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