May 17, 2018 9:59 pm
Updated: May 18, 2018 1:54 am

Similkameen severe weather warning ends

Overnight, Keremeos Creek breached its banks at 2500 Block of Hwy 3 between Village of Keremeos and Cawston. EC warns localized thunderstorms may affect creeks and waterways where rain events occur.

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UPDATE: 8:30 P.M. 

A severe weather warning issued at 6:20 p.m. for the Similkameen Valley has ended.

The region in southern B.C. is now only affected by a special weather statement issued by Environment Canada.

The Smiilkameen is forecast to see 20 to 40 mm of rain, with possible heavy downpours that will impact areas currently flooded.

 

ORIGINAL STORY

A dramatic weather warning was issued for the Similkameen Valley on Thursday night at 6:20 p.m.

“Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches,” the warning from Environment Canada said.

A severe thunderstorm is moving into the region that could produce nickel size hail and heavy rain, according to the agency.

“One storm is currently passing over Skagit Valley Provincial Park. Another is currently tracking south of Princeton, near Highway 3,” the statement said.

READ MORE: Evacuation alerts extended in Keremeos

Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and pooling water on roads.

The large hail forecast could cause property damage or injury, Environment Canada warned.

“To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.”

The Similkameen Valley is under a local state of emergency with several properties under evacuation alert or evacuation order due to flooding from the Similkameen River.

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