BC Thunderstorms bring light show to Kamloops, flash floods to Merritt

Thunderstorms moving across southern British Columbia’s interior provided a light show for residents of Kamloops and left those in Merritt with flash flooding to contend with.

Much of southern BC was under severe thunderstorm warnings and watches Thursday afternoon.

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Some Kamloops residents reported lightning bolts coming as fast as once a minute as storm clouds rolled over the community.

The city of Merritt issued a flash flood warning Thursday afternoon after a sudden downpour turned some streets into small rivers.

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Thunderstorms cause flash flooding in Merritt

Thunderstorms cause flash flooding in Merritt

The city warned people not to walk or drive through water or puddles, which could be of undetermined depth.

“Please avoid driving during this time. If you must drive, drive slowly through the water,” it said.

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1,200 lightning strikes expected at Kamloops Fire Center and more, says BC Wildfire Service

The rain and flooding also prompted the city to cancel a free music event starring Bobby Garcia.

The BC Wildfire Service said the Kamloops Fire Center experienced more than 1,200 lightning strikes on Wednesday.

The series of thunderstorms is putting the service on high alert, with crews across the southern part of the province on standby in case lightning sparks new fires.

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