The South Okanagan got a rude awakening early this morning as a thunderstorm rolled across the valley between 3 and 5 a.m.
The intense storm — which featured lightning and rolling thunder — deposited up to 20 mm of precipitation.
“The rain hit with a vengeance,” posted Osoyoos resident Gaye Horn. “We have a large covered deck — everything on it is soaking wet! Driving rain, high winds and it will take a week to dry everything out. Dogs are settled under the covers with me.”
“Sent my trampoline into the orchard and bent the . . . poles and ripped the net up,” said T-Jay Sand. “The rain was intense — like a monsoon.”
“Loved it but missed the fireworks because I stayed in bed and listened,” shared Barb Peden. “I love storms.”
Added Simon LFrance: “Am sure there was hail or supper heavy rain. My poor flowers are trashed.”
The carnage continued into Boundary Country.
“Power went out just before 4 a.m. in Bridesville,” reported another poster. “And is still out at 7.”
“I’m in Midway and it hit all the way up here too!” added user Faith Speed.
The storm, however, didn’t awaken everyone.
John Frost LePage reported he “lost another big limb from my willow” but otherwise “didn’t hear a thing.”
The cool wet weather is expected to continue through the day. Environment Canada is calling for a 30 percent chance of showers ending later today with the skies becoming clear this evening.
It’ll also be cool, with a a high of just 23C expected.