June 30, 2015 - 5:56 PM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - If you haven't experienced major rain or thunder and lightning, your turn is likely coming.
Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch on and off for most of the region today, June 30. At 5:35 p.m., Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the North Okanagan, including Vernon. The storm has been moving around the B.C. Interior and battered Kamloops, North Thompson and Shuswap areas. More than 2,200 customers were without power as of about 6 p.m. in the Shuswap and North Okanagan areas because of a wind storm. There is currently no estimated time for power to be restored, but updates can be found on B.C. Hydro's outage list.
They warn it could produce very strong wind gusts, dime to nickel size hail, and heavy rain, along with thunder and lightning.
The storm is moving throughout the region and warnings and watches are changing constantly. For the latest on this situation, visit the Environment Canada site.
Forecasters were calling for highs of at least 30 Celsius throughout the region today with a 60 per cent chance of showers or thundershowers in Vernon and Kamloops this afternoon. A high of around 30 C is expected for Canada Day along with sunny skies and then temperatures will again warm up to the low- to mid-30s for the rest of the week.
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— This story was updated at 6:17 p.m., June 30, 2015, with an update on a storm warning for several regions and power outages.
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