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UPDATE: Severe thunderstorm warnings, watches ended

August 02, 2016 - 9:04 PM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - All severe thunderstorm watches and warnings have ended.

Previous story: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the North Thompson as a cluster of thunderstorms makes its way out of Clearwater.

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for the Okanagan, Similkameen, Nicola, the South and North Thompson, and Shuswap earlier this morning, Aug. 2.

That watch has not yet been upgraded to a warning.

Environment Canada now says a cluster of severe thunderstorms are over Clearwater and moving north at 20 kilometres per hour.

The storms will impact the communities along Highway 5 from Little Fort to Vavenby for the next hour.

In a release, Environment Canada says nickel-sized hail, heavy rain and strong wind gusts are forecasted for the area.

The thunderstorm watch for the Thompson-Okanagan covers several mountain passes in the region including the Coquihalla Highway from Merritt to Hope and from Kamloops to Merritt, the Okanagan Connector from Kelowna to Merritt and Highway 3 from Princeton to Hope via the Allison Pass.

"Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Heavy downpours are likely to cause flash floods and water pooling on roads," Environment Canada says.

Several similar warnings were issued in July.

For the very latest forecasts, watches and warnings check out the Environment Canada website.

— This story was updated at 10:13 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 to include new information from Environment Canada.

— This story was updated at 4:34 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 to include new information from Environment Canada.

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