Lightning over Penticton on May 30. - Image Credit: Facebook/Ellie Dunseith

Severe thunderstorm watch cancelled

Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!


Environment Canada has cancelled the severe thunderstorm watch issued earlier today.



After a storm lit up the sky Tuesday night and had lakeside residents bracing for damaging winds, another storm is unfortunately in the works.

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the entire Okanagan Valley.

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

“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 can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!”

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.

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

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