UK weather: Flooding and pounding rain expected Wednesday in southern region

With pounding rain and strong winds expected to make travel treacherous, British Columbia issued its first red alert of the year Wednesday for mountainous, mountainous regions of its southern region. The early-season red alert,…

UK weather: Flooding and pounding rain expected Wednesday in southern region

With pounding rain and strong winds expected to make travel treacherous, British Columbia issued its first red alert of the year Wednesday for mountainous, mountainous regions of its southern region.

The early-season red alert, which means expected extreme weather conditions are happening, is unusual this time of year, according to the BC Severe Weather Center.

Winds of up to 250 kilometers an hour (155 miles per hour) are expected to hit the Idylwyld region, and heavy rain could cause flash flooding.

“This is one of the most widespread, intense, and intense areas of extreme weather we’ve seen this year,” said the center’s director, Kevin Skrepnek.

Skrepnek said there’s a strong possibility of another severe thunderstorm warning later Wednesday or Thursday. The storms could bring winds of up to 250 kilometers an hour, which would be a record for June.

Earlier, heavy rain and blustery winds moved into parts of Western Canada, which experienced a record-breaking heat wave this summer.

Thunderstorms moved across Alberta’s oil sands region on Wednesday evening, delaying trains and disrupting tanker traffic and power supplies in one of the country’s largest cities.

There was another round of storms in the inland Alberta area near Calgary on Wednesday night, which then moved northeast. Calgary spokeswoman Heather Shaw said a few people were getting stuck in flooded basements, and city staff were on standby to deal with stranded drivers and passengers.

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