Severe weather sweeps across B.C.

By James Peters
June 8, 2017 - 4:31pm

KAMLOOPS — A storm system moving into the BC Interior is expected to hit the hardest outside of Kamloops.

Forecaster Cindy Yu says Environment Canada has issued Severe Thunderstorm Watches for several regions, including the Shuswap and South Cariboo, but none for the Thompson regions.

"It does look like most of the organized thunderstorms will be to the north and east of us. Having said that, with these potential thunderstorms we can still expect some wind gusts this afternoon. We are looking at southwesterly winds 40 gusting to 60km/h," explained Yu.

Yu says there may be lightning associated with the storms as well, raising the possibility of wildfire starts.

"With thunderstorms we can also expect some local downpours. The heavier amounts will be most likely to the northeast of us. Potentially some of the storms can produce anywhere from 5 to 10mm of rain in just an hour or two."

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