FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the B.C. Peace River and Fort Nelson areas.

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.

Conditions are favourable for dangerous thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, says a release.

Environment Canada asks residents to continue monitoring alerts.

To report severe weather, tweet reports to #BCStorm.

The full Environment Canada alert can be read below:

Conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.

These thunderstorms may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy downpours.

Very large hail can damage property, break windows, dent vehicles and cause serious injury. Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develops.

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 BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.