Severe thunderstorm watch in effect in Haliburton County

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    Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Haliburton, Minden and much of southern Haliburton County.

    The public agency issued the warning at 11:26 a.m. on June 16, with thunderstorm conditions expected to develop this afternoon and evening.

    Wind gusts of 90 to 110 kilometers per hour are expected, with the possibility of large hail.

    “Thunderstorms are expected to develop early this afternoon with the potential for quick intensification as they progress eastward. While a tornado or two cannot be completely ruled out, damaging winds and hail will be the primary threats,” states an Environment Canada weather update. “Large hail can damage property and cause injury. 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!”

    Much of southern Ontario is also under a thunderstorm watch. Some regions, such as Renfrew County, Prescott and Russell and Smiths Falls, are under a tornado watch. Find a full list of Ontario weather alerts here.

    To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.