***Update - severe thunderstorm watch ended at 6 p.m.***


Environment and Climate Change Canada is predicting that a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain could be moving towards Strathmore today.
Environment Canada has issued a warning that covers Strathmore, Siksika Nation, parts of Rocky View County near Chestermere, parts of Wheatland County, as well as Vulcan County and County of Newell.

Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develops. Severe thunderstorms can also produce tornadoes.
Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.
Thunderstorms will continue to develop late this morning and move northeastward. The risk of severe thunderstorms is expected to last into the early evening hours. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles.

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