Environment Canada warns of severe thunderstorms in Southern Interior

Severe thunderstorm watch

UPDATE 3:29 p.m.

Environment Canada has added the Okanagan to its severe thunderstorm watch issued earlier Thursday.

Conditions in Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton are now favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms capable of producing heavy rain.

These types of weather conditions can also lead to flash floods and water pooling on roads and parking lots as well as lightning and high winds.

ORIGINAL 12:00 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for parts of B.C.'s Southern Interior Thursday morning.

Environment Canada says “conditions are favourable” for the development of thunderstorms in the Boundary and Kootenay regions of the province. The watch covers as far west as Beaverdell, east to Sparwood and Elkford.

As a result, residents of those areas may see lightning, strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain Thursday.

“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,” Environment Canada says.

“Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!”

The severe thunderstorm watch comes after thunder and lightning hit the Central Okanagan area Wednesday night, which brought significant rain across the region.

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