It was an active and severe night across BC's Okanagan region on Wednesday. A powerful system prompted Environment Canada to issue a severe thunderstorm warning for several areas including the city of Vernon.
Strong winds and frequent lightning accompanied the storm and heavy rain caused localized flooding in some places. Residents were left in the dark as well as the violent storm cut electricity to thousands of customers.
In Kelowna, lightning from the storm sparked six wildfires, which have since been contained.
Conditions began to improve through the early morning hours on Thursday, but the risk for more storms continues.
“Scattered thunderstorms are possible once again Thursday afternoon and evening, but the greatest risk for severe weather is in southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba,” explains Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
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