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Severe thunderstorm watch issued for the North, South and Central Okanagan

Residents living in the Okanagan may want to stay indoors this afternoon.

According to Environment Canada, the Central, North, and South Okanagan have all be issued severe thunderstorm watches. Conditions are favourable for the development of storms that could produce strong wind gusts, large hail, and heavy rain.

"Strong thunderstorms will develop over Okanagan, Shuswap, Boundary region, West Kootenay and Arrow Slocan this evening with possible heavy downpours, very strong wind gusts and large hail," wrote Environment Canada.

"Fast-moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle away. 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. Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develops. Heavy downpours are likely to cause flash floods and water pooling on roads."

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