Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for the city of Calgary

Aug 6 2019, 10:54 pm

The sky above Calgary is getting quite frightening.

Environment Canada has just issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the city of Calgary as well as multiple regions to the south.

The warnings have been put into place for Okotoks, High River, Claresholm, and Calgary, while a Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in place for Kananaskis, Canmore, Cardston, Fort Macleod, Magrath, Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, Waterton Lakes National Park, Brooks, Strathmore, and Vulcan.

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According to Environment Canada, “meteorologists are tracking a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel 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 4:44 pm — when the City of Calgary’s warning was issued — the thunderstorms had been located between southern Calgary and south of Priddis. They were moving southeast at a rate of 40 km/h, according to the warning.

The warning also states that the thunderstorms will mainly affect the more southern sections of the city.

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.

Chandler WalterChandler Walter

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