Severe thunderstorm warning issued for West Kootenay

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm warning and a severe thunderstorm watch for Greater Trail and the Southern Interior

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm warning and a severe thunderstorm watch for Greater Trail and the B.C. Southern Interior region throughout the West Kootenay.

The thunderstorm warning and the watch, both issued at close to 2 p.m. this afternoon (July 15), calls for heavy downpours, which could produce 30 mm of rain locally, and warns that some thunderstorms can produce tornadoes.

The storm watch warns of large hail and damaging winds.

“An upper low moving southeastward along the British Columbia south coast will create a favourable environment for the development of thunderstorms over Southern British Columbia today and this evening.

“Some of these storms may become severe with locally heavy downpours up to 30 mm and intense lightning being the main threat,” read a bulletin at the Environment Canada site.

Environment Canada advises people to monitor weather conditions and take necessary precautions if threatening weather approaches.

A severe thunderstorm was issued last Friday, which produced lightning, some rain, and temporarily knocked power out for some residents in the West Kootenay area late-Friday night and early into Saturday.

The site also warned of future thunderstorm warnings for the early part of this week as the hot weather continues in the Greater Trail region.