Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Bancroft
Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland County and Bancroft areas.
An initial thunderstorm warning statement issued at 10:04 a.m. on Thursday says conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour, large hail and heavy rain.
The storms are expected to begin late Thursday morning and last into the afternoon.
“Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles,” Environment Canada said.
“Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. If you hear thunder, then lightning is close enough to be dangerous.”
The statement is in effect for Peterborough City and County, throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland County and in Bancroft-Hastings Highlands.
An update around 2:15 p.m. issued a severe thunderstorm warning. Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing “very strong wind gusts, up to nickel-size hail and heavy rain,” a statement reads.
“A long broken line of thunderstorms extends from north of Peterborough to east of Pembroke and is moving east at 50 km/h,” the statement said.
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