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Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for Kootenay Lake, East & West Kootenay — Now Ended

Environment Canada said conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and into the evening.

It’s the worst possible news for a region of the province plagued by a lack of precipitation for most of the year.

Environment Canada has issued a Severe Thunderstorm warning for Kootenay Lake and the West and East Kootenay regions.

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

“(The) Main threats (include) pea to nickel size hail, wind gusts of 70 km/h, localized heavy downpours of 10-20 mm.

Environment Canada said areas of concern are:

  • West Kootenay - including Castlegar, Nelson
  • Kootenay Lake
  • East Kootenay - including Invermere and Cranbrook, Elk Valley

Environment Canada said severe weather is expected for Wednesday afternoon into this evening.

“Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year,” Environment Canada said.

“Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors.”

Environment Canada said 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.

Temperatures for the West Kootenay range from a high of 31 C Wednesday, to 34 C Sunday and Monday.

Currently there are 23 active wildfires in the Southeast Fire Centre region.

The BC Wildfire Service reports currently 748 wildfires in the province with 112 located during the past week. Several major wildfires are currently burning in the Kamloops Fire Centre region.