Kitsap County has a moderate marine climate. But, storm activity involving rain, extreme heat, wind, snow, and ice does affect the county. Severe weather can happen any time, with or without notice. Damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail, flooding and flash flooding can happen during thunderstorms. Winter storms can bring freezing rain, sleet, snow, and strong winds. Lightning storms and hail storms are less frequent but do occur. Based on a recent assessment of Kitsap County, severe storms are rated a moderate risk hazard.