Environment Canada has officially placed the City of Calgary under a severe thunderstorm watch as of this afternoon.
The Weather Network had been forecasting a chance of severe thunderstorms for the city since earlier this week, and the government alert was officially issued just before 2 pm Thursday.
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While Calgary still hasn’t fallen under a full thunderstorm warning, the watch still warns of strong winds, large hail, and heavy rain.
“Large hail can damage property and cause injury,” the severe thunderstorm watch alert states.
“Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Be prepared for severe weather. Take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.
The regions of Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds, Sundre, Drayton Valley, Devon, Rimbey, Pigeon Lake, Okotoks, High River, Claresholm, Red Deer, Ponoka, Innisfail, Stettler, Rocky Mountain House, Caroline, Spruce Grove, Morinville, Mayerthorpe, Evansburg, Westlock, Barrhead, Athabasca, Whitecourt, Edson, Fox Creek and Swan Hills are all currently facing a severe thunderstorm watch as well.
Albertans facing an Environment Canada alert are urged to stay safe indoors and monitor #abstorm and Environment Canada for updates.