***Update*** Tornado watch ended.


A tornado watch has been issued for Strathmore and the surrounding area. The areas that the watch are in effect for is:

  • Co. of Newell near Bassano
  • Co. of Newell near Brooks Rosemary and Duchess
  • Co. of Newell near Gem
  • Co. of Newell near Scandia and Kinbrook Island Prov. Park
  • Foothills Co. near Blackie
  • M.D. of Taber near Enchant
  • Rocky View Co. near Chestermere Dalroy and Dalemead
  • Siksika Res. 146
  • Vulcan Co. near Arrowwood Herronton and Queenstown
  • Vulcan Co. near Carmangay and Champion
  • Vulcan Co. near Lomond Travers and Little Bow Reservoirs
  • Vulcan Co. near Milo
  • Vulcan Co. near Vulcan and Ensign
  • Wheatland Co. near Hussar
  • Wheatland Co. near Standard and Gleichen
  • Wheatland Co. near Strathmore Lyalta and Carseland

Environment Canada says you should take cover if you see a tornado. 

"Go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell or interior closet. Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelter, and move to a strong building if you can. As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris," the Environment Canada website says.

"This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation. Be prepared for severe weather. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches."


***Update*** Severe thunderstorm warning ended at 9:58 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning is also in effect for:

  • Rocky View Co. near Chestermere Dalroy and Dalemead
  • Wheatland Co. near Strathmore Lyalta and Carseland

The hail could be as big as ping pong balls, and heavy rain and strong winds are also expected.

"Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!" Environment Canada says.

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