Severe Thunderstorm watch issued for Fort St. John and Fort Nelson

UPDATE:  As of 4 p.m., the severe thunderstorm watch has ended for Fort St. John and the North Peace.  The warning remains in place for Fort Nelson.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Fort St. John and Fort Nelson.  There is a chance both regions could see a thunderstorm Sunday afternoon with a more intense storm possible in the Fort Nelson region.

See the full warning below.

 

10:57 AM PDT Sunday 26 June 2016
Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:

  • B.C. North Peace River
  • Fort Nelson

Conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing damaging wind gusts, damaging hail and heavy rain.

The location of this severe thunderstorm threat area includes the Fort Nelson region as well as areas just north of Fort St. John including sections along highway 97 from Fort St. John to Sikanni Chief.

Very large hail can damage property, break windows, dent vehicles and cause serious injury. Very strong wind gusts can damage buildings, down trees and blow large vehicles off the road. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to pacificstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #BCStorm.