Environment Canada issues storm watches for B.C. Interior

By Jill Sperling
August 7, 2016 - 10:47am Updated: August 7, 2016 - 11:36am

KAMLOOPS —There's a risk of severe thunderstorms developing in much of the B.C. Interior today, Aug 7. 

Environment Canada meteorologist, David Jones says watches are in place across the Cariboo, Shuswap area, North Thompson, North Okanagan, and much of the Kootenays. 

"There's thunderstorms forecast throughout the entire interior today," Jones said. "So we've tried to identify where the potential for severe thunderstorms is today ... and it's really the central core of the province, stretching down toward the Kootenays."

The storms have the potential to produce hail, strong wind gusts, and heavy rains. 

Jones says people should be prepared to change their outdoor plans today if the storms develop. 

"If you are not within internet range or radio range to hear about any upgrades in the forecast you can watch the sky and if there's a sudden darkening and the wind starts to pick up there's a good chance you are right in the path of a thunderstorm and you need to take cover at that point," Jones said. 

He says the watch will be upgraded to a warning when severe storms are imminent or occurring. 

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