Severe storms still possible from Vernon to Kamloops

A thunderstorm that rolled through Kamloops had the fire department scrambling to answer calls of lighting strikes to homes and a church.

UPDATE: 4:03 p.m. Sept. 3, 2013

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - While a severe thunderstorm warning has been lifted for most of the Okanagan Valley, more storms are possible today and into the evening warns Enviroment Canada.

A forecast map shows the potential for severe storms throughout the rest of the day. Currently, Environment Canada is tracking a storm 20 km east of Merritt that is producing hail, lightning, strong winds and heavy downpours. 

2:54 p.m. Sept. 3, 2013

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - A severe thunderstorm warning is in progress for the Okanagan Valley.

Kamloops, Vernon, South Thompson, Nicola and Shuswap are all included in the warning area. The threat with this system is strong winds, hail, and local heavy downpours.

Environment Canada first issued the warning at 2:15 and say the strong wind gusts and hail are capable of damaging property and causing injuries while local downpours can cause flash floods.

Avoid driving through water on roads. Even shallow fast moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle away.




Image Credit: Environment Canada

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