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Severe thunderstorm watch issued for B.C. Peace Region

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10 P.M. UPDATE – As of 10 p.m. Friday the Severe Thunderstorm warning has ended for the North and South Peace.  Rain is still expected in many areas until around midnight Friday.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the entire B.C. Peace Region today.

Environment Canada says that conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing damaging wind gusts, damaging hail and torrential rain.

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Very strong wind gusts can damage buildings, down trees and blow large vehicles off the road. Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develops. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Environment Canada’s forecast is calling for a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms producing rainfall rates of 20-25 millimetres per hour, hail up to 20mm in diameter, and wind gusts of up to 90 km/h in the orange area on the map below:

Photo by Environment Canada

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.

Continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm on Twitter.

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