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Thunderstorms are expected in several parts of British Columbia.

Meteorologists expect ``substantial''lightning strikes in British Columbia on Wednesday and Thursday.

A cluster of thunderstorm cells formed on the Washington coastline Tuesday night and is moving northwest, with lightning expected to strike West Vancouver Island Wednesday morning.

A massive lightning bolt from the Washington coast overnight hits the west side of Vancouver Island! #BCstorm @GlobalBC pic.twitter.com/tJhdiku7z2

— Mark Madriga (@MMadryga) August 10, 2022

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Fraser Valley, Metro Vancouver, Similkameen, Nikola Valley, South Thompson, Okanagan and Shuswap Regions.

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"Gusts may also be associated with thunderstorms," ​​said Global BC Meteorologist Mark Madryga.

"Thunderstorms are possible in the Southern Interior of BC late Wednesday, with more thunderstorms possible Thursday afternoon."

Environment Canada Lightning Hazard As of 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, the area around Vancouver Island's southwest "has the highest risk of being struck by lightning within 10 minutes," according to Maps.

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Lightning strikes are now closely monitored by the province as there are now eight wildfires across BC, many of which are believed to be caused by lightning strikes.

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