***Update*** The severe thunderstorm watch has ended for Strathmore and 8:30 p.m. of Monday evening.
Residents in the Strathmore area should keep an eye on the local weather as Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the region for the second day in a row.
The watch covers much of Wheatland County, Strathmore, parts of Newell County near Bassano, Foothills County, Vulcan County, M.D. of Taber, Siksika Nation and Rocky View County near Chestermere.
Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing heavy rain. These thunderstorms may also produce funnel clouds.
These types of funnel clouds are generated by rotation under rapidly growing thunderstorms and are normally not a danger near the ground.
However, there is a chance that this rotation could intensify and become a short-lived tornado. Landspout tornadoes do not usually cause significant damage but can still be dangerous. They can be strong enough to topple trees, damage roofs or toss debris short distances.
Treat any funnel cloud sighting seriously. Should a funnel cloud develop nearby, prepare to take shelter. These funnel clouds usually appear with little or no warning.
Hail and strong wind gusts are also possible. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!
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