Thunderstorm, tornado watches issued for much of the area

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for much of the area heading into Sunday (Aug. 2) evening.

The notice from Environment Canada notes that scattered wind gusts to 100 km/h are possible, as well as tornados.

“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,” it reads.

A tornado watch is formally in effect for northern Kawartha Lakes.

“Remember, a tornado watch means conditions are favourable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for possible warnings,” the notice reads.

“In the event of a tornado, or if a tornado warning is issued for your area, it is recommended you take the following actions: Go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell or interior closet. Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelter, and move to a strong building if you can. As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris.”

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