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UPDATE: Severe thunderstorm warning issued for parts of Peace Country

UPDATE: The severe thunderstorm watch has been upgraded to a warning for the Municipal District of Greenview near DeBolt, O’Brien Provincial Park and Big Mountain Creek, and Sturgeon Lake. Wind gusts of 87 kilometres per hour were reported in Grande Prairie a little after 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The Grande Prairie region could be in for a storm. A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for theGrande Prairie, Beaverlodge, and Valleyview areas, as well as Fairview, Manning and Peace River.

Environment Canada says conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain. Thunderstorms may develop late this afternoon, and the watch area may expand as the storms develop.

Residents are being advised to be prepared for severe weather and to take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

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