Thunderstorm and tornado warnings are in effect for parts of west-central Alberta as severe weather moves east across the province.
Environment Canada posted a tornado warning for Clearwater County near Rocky Mountain House and Crimson Lake, as well as near Nordegg and Big Horn Reserve around 2:25 p.m.
The alarm warns people in or near the area to be wary and take necessary precautions. Doppler radar indicated a possible tornado near Saunders, according to the post.
POSSIBLE TORNADO, 2:17 PM: A spinning severe thunderstorm currently west of Saunders may trigger a tornado. If you are in the area, immediately seek shelter indoors. If you’re on the highway, hide in a ditch or ravine. follow @AB_EmergAlert for updates. #AbStorm https://t.co/YeV714Vlv5
A tornado was also seen making landfall outside Coronation, Alta. earlier today.
The weather service is also monitoring multiple severe thunderstorms that can cause very strong wind gusts, hail the size of nickel to ping pong balls and heavy rain.
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were in effect as of 2:15 PM for:
- Yellowhead County near Cadomin and Robb
- Yellowhead County near Edson and Sundance Provincial Park
- Yellowhead County near Big Berland and the Wildhay River
- MD of Big Lakes near Driftpile and Kinuso
- MD of Greenview near TBEN Creek
- MD of Greenview at Grande Cache Bones and Amundson
Environment Canada recommends taking immediate cover if impending weather approaches, and warns of severe downpours causing flash flooding and damage or injury caused by large hail.
Lightning also kills and injures Canadians every year.
Heat warnings remain in effect in much of the province. Severe thunderstorm watches are also in effect in many areas.