A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued June 20 for Ponoka and area. File photo

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued June 20 for Ponoka and area. File photo

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Ponoka and area

Environment Canada announced conditions are favourable for a severe thunderstorm in Ponoka

Environment Canada announced June 20 that conditions are favourable for a severe thunderstorm for Ponoka and area.

These conditions may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain, states a release.

Those thunderstorms will occur in the afternoon and will last into the evening hours and watches may continue east and southeast.

“Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles,” states the release. “Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!”

The watch was issued after seeing atmospheric conditions favourable for the development of thunderstorms.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.storm.ec@canada.ca or tweet

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