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Posted: July 5, 2019

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for region

Environment Canada early this morning (July 5) issued a severe thunderstorm watch in effect for the entire East Kootenay.

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing large hail and heavy rain.

“An upper low pressure system over Vancouver Island will result in a southerly flow of moist, unstable air over the southern interior today. A few thunderstorms developing along the US border near noon will move northward during the afternoon. There is the potential of an isolated severe thunderstorm giving rainfall amounts up to 20 mm, two cm hail and wind gusts to 70 km/h,” Environment Canada forecasts.

“Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develops. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!”

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm.


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