A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect for the North Okanagan-Shuswap and Revelstoke areas on July 24, 2020. (File photo)

A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect for the North Okanagan-Shuswap and Revelstoke areas on July 24, 2020. (File photo)

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for North-Okanagan-Shuswap and Revelstoke

Conditions favourable for weather producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the Shuswap and Revelstoke areas.

On the morning of Friday, July 24, Environment Canada reported conditions were favourable for producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain in the North Okanagan-Shuswap and Revelstoke regions. Between five and 10mm of rain is in the forecast for the day, with showers and a risk of a thunderstorm early in the evening.

In Revelstoke, winds up to 20 km/hr were expected, becoming lighter later in the morning.

“Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles,” said the Environment Canada warning. “Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develops. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads… Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!”

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