Cranbrook, Kimberley in line of severe thunderstorms on the way

Take cover if threatening weather hits Wednesday afternoon, Environment Canada warns.

UPDATE: As of 4:37 p.m., the thunderstorm warning has ended. Meteorologists say the storms have weakened and moved out of the area.

Meteorologists issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Cranbrook, Kimberley, Canal Flats and Fairmont on Wednesday.

“At 3 p.m. MDT, meteorologists are tracking a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing hail, strong winds and locally heavy downpours,” reads the weather alert.

“Take cover, if threatening weather approaches.

“Strong wind gusts and hail can damage property and cause injuries.

“Local downpours can cause flash floods. Avoid driving through water on roads. Even shallow fast moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle away.

“In Canada, lightning kills up to 10 people every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors.”

Environment Canada continues to monitor the situation closely.

Please continue to monitor the Townsman/Bulletin for further updates.