Calgary facing yet another severe thunderstorm warning

Jul 18 2019, 9:24 pm

Here we go again.

Environment Canada has just put a number of regions in Alberta under a severe thunderstorm warning, including the city of Calgary.

The warnings have also been put in place for Brooks, Strathmore, Vulcan, Okotoks, High River, and Claresholm, while Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds, Sundre, Lloydminster, Wainwright, Vermilion, Provost, Medicine Hat, Bow Island, Suffield, Hanna, Coronation, and Oyen are all under a severe thunderstorm watch.

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According to Environment Canada, “meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, nickel to ping pong ball size hail and heavy rain.”

The hail and wind have the potential to damage property and cause injury by tossing loose objects or breaking off tree branches.

As of 3:22 pm — when the Calgary’s warning was issued — the thunderstorm had been located over southern Calgary and moving southeast at about 45 km/h.

Those caught by the storm are encouraged to take cover indoors, as flash floods, lightning strikes, and large hail can all cause significant damage.

“Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!” the warning states.

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