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Severe thunderstorm watch currently in effect for Calgary

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DH Calgary Staff Jul 18, 2018 10:53 am

The weather just won’t give us a break.

Following a two-day long heat warning that was in place earlier this week, Environment Canada has now issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the City of Calgary.

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Large hail, heavy rain, and strong winds are all possibilities as thunderstorms increase along the foothills this afternoon, which are then expected to head east throughout the evening.

“Some of these storms may become severe,” the Environment Canada release states.

It is recommended to stay inside during the storm, as hail and wind can damage buildings, break tree branches, and even overturn vehicles.

Flash floods and large poolings of water on roads should also be looked out for, and lightning is always a possible danger during thunderstorms.

The watch was issued at 11:11 am this morning and will remain in place until the storms subside.

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Areas of Alberta under a thunderstorm watch (yellow) or a heat warning (red) (Environment Canada)

The severe thunderstorm watch is also in effect for other regions of Alberta, including Okotoks, Kananaskis Country, Airdrie, and Brooks.

Heat warnings remain in place for other areas of the province, such as Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, and Drumheller.

Anyone looking to report severe weather in their area can email [email protected] or tweet using the #ABStorm hashtag.

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