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UPDATE: Thunderstorm warning in B.C. Interior lifted

Environment Canada warns of strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain
Severe thunderstorms are possible across the Okanagan, Shuswap and other parts of the B.C. Interior, says Environment Canada Saturday, May 20, 2023. (Black Press file photo)

Update: 5 p.m.

Environment Canada has lifted the thunderstorm warning that was issued earlier Saturday, as the weather pattern has moved through the region.



A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued by Environment Canada for the Okanagan, Shuswap and some other parts of the B.C. Interior Saturday, May 20.

The weather agency says 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 notes large hail can damage property and cause injury, while heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.

“Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors,” Environment Canada said.

The severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the Okanagan, Shuswap, Similkameen, South Thompson, Nicola, Boundary and Arrow Lakes — Slocan Lake regions.

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