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July 26, 2016 - 5:29 PM

UPDATE: 9:56 p.m. July 26, 2016: All watches have ended as of 9:21 p.m.

UPDATE: 5:58 p.m. July 26, 2016

The severe thunderstorm warning for Kamloops area has now ended.

UPDATE: 5:27 p.m. July 26, 2016

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - A severe thunderstorm warning has now been issued for the South Thompson as of 5:20 p.m.

Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm located 10 km northwest of Kamloops moving southeast at 20 km/h.

This storm is capable of producing strong wind gusts, hail and heavy rain.

Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.

Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

UPDATE: 5:19 p.m. July 26, 2016

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - The severe thunderstorm warning for Nicola has ended as of 5:16 p.m.

UPDATE: 4:22 p.m., Tuesday, July 26, 2016

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm moving northwest at 10 kilometres per hour, about 40 km southeast of Merritt along Highway 97C. 

The storm is capable of producing heavy rain, strong wind gusts and hail.

The severe thunderstorm watch continues for the South Thompson, Okanagan and Shuswap today, July 26.

 

2:10 p.m., Tuesday, July 26, 2016

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - The severe thunderstorm warning issued for the Central Okanagan, including Kelowna, has been ended by Environment Canada.

The severe thunderstorm has weakened or moved out of the region.

The severe thunderstorm watch continues for the South Thompson, Nicola, Okanagan and Shuswap today, July 26.

 

1:45 p.m., Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The severe thunderstorm watch issued for most of the Southern Interior by Environment Canada this morning has been upgraded this afternoon to a severe thunderstorm warning for the Central Okanagan, including Kelowna.

Meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstrom near Big White Mountain that is capable of producing heavy rain, strong wind gusts and hail.

"Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads," the warning states. "Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles."

The severe thunderstorm watch continues for the South Thompson, Nicola, Okanagan and Shuswap today, July 26.

For the very latest weather watches, warnings and forecasts, go to Environment Canada's website.

 

6:23 a.m., Tuesday, July 26, 2016

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Another severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the Southern Interior of B.C.

Environment Canada says conditions are good today for severe thunderstorms to develop in the South Thompson, Nicola, Okanagan and Shuswap today, July 26, and some of them may become severe. The weather office says it could bring heavy downpours leading to possible flash flooding, large hail, strong wind gusts and, of course, lightning.

Severe thunderstorm watches have been issued several times already this summer with few materializing, however past results are not an indication of future results. If the storms begin to develop, this watch may be upgraded to a warning. 

iNFOnews.ca we will be watching the situation as it develops. Come back here for updates.


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