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IN PICTURES: Lightning storm surges through Okanagan

Okanagan lightning storm. Brian Perry

Mother Nature put on a dramatic show on Saturday evening.

Lightning strikes were captured on camera from the South Okanagan through to the Shuswap.

Here’s a selection of some of the best photos:

Lightning over Salmon Arm. Irene Valente
Okanagan lightning storm. Brian Perry
Lightning over Lake Country. Erik Madsen
Okanagan electrical storm. Tony Culbertson
Okanagan lightning storm. Erin Tilley Photography
Lightning over Vernon. Owen Bloomfield
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Lighting over Salmon Arm. Irene Valente
Lightning over Summerland. Rodrigo Villasante

Environment Canada said there were around 750 lightning strikes in the Okanagan during the peak of the storm, between 9 and 10 p.m. Saturday.

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The weather service said around 13 mm of rain fell in the Vernon area and winds gusting up to 60 km/h were recorded.

The storm also sparked a handful of fires around the Kamloops Fire Centre, which includes the Okanagan.

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The small fires were in the Kamloops area, south of Merritt near Highway 5, northwest of Sicamous and near Lillooet.

The blaze nearest to Kamloops has been put out.

On Sunday morning, the BC Wildfire Service said the rainy and cloudy weather was making it hard for crews to access many of the blazes to get a firsthand look.

READ MORE: BC Wildfire crews tackling wildfire west of Peachland

However, all the remaining fires are believed to be small and not threatening any buildings.

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