Environment Canada has officially placed the City of Calgary under an extreme thunderstorm watch as the sky darkens and the storm develops.
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 at just past 11 am Tuesday.
While Calgary still hasn’t fallen under a full thunderstorm warning like Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, and Waterton Lakes National Park has, 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. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!”
The regions of Rocky Mountain House, Coraline, Okotoks, High River, Claresholm, Nordegg, Forestry Trunk Road Highway 734, Kananaskis, Canmore, High Level, Rainbow Lake, Fort Vermilion, Mackenzie Highway, Cardston, Fort Macleod, Magrath, Airdrie, Coltrane, Olds, and Sundre 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.