Severe thunderstorm watch for Kingston and area

Environment Canada has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Kingston, Odessa, Frontenac Islands, Napanee, Consecon, Picton, and Sandbanks Park.

The severe thunderstorm is expected this evening and overnight.

Severe thunderstorm watches are issued by Environment Canada 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.

“Conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing damaging wind gusts, damaging hail and heavy rain,” said the national weather service in an advisory.

Environment Canada is tracking a line of severe thunderstorms along a strong cold front which is expected to move southeast across the regions tonight.

The cold front and thunderstorms will move to the southeast of the area by early Wednesday morning, according to Environment Canada.

Wind gusts up to 110 km/h are expected, as well as large hail up to ping pong ball size. Heavy downpours and a tornado is possible, according to Environment Canada.

“Very large hail can damage property, break windows, dent vehicles and cause serious injury. Very strong wind gusts can damage buildings, down trees and blow large vehicles off the road,” Environment Canada warns. “Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. 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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