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Posted: August 11, 2022

Severe thunderstorm watch issued

Environment Canada this morning issued a severe thunderstorm watch in effect for the Cranbrook and Kimberley areas of the East Kootenay.

The watch does not include the Columbia Valley, Elk Valley nor Kootenay National Park areas.

“Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain,” Environment Canada reported.

Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

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


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