Environment Canada has put a few regions of Alberta under an extreme thunderstorm warning, including areas bordering on the City of Calgary.
The warnings have been put in place for Brooks, Strathmore, Vulcan, Drumheller, Three Hills, Hanna, Coronation, and Oyen, while Bonnyville, St. Paul, Cold Lake, Lac La Biche, Medicine Hat, Bow Island, and Suffield are all facing a severe thunderstorm watch.
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According to Environment Canada, “Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail, and heavy rain.”
The hail and wind has the potential to damage property and cause injury by tossing loose objects or breaking off tree branches.
Tornados are also a possibility, along with flash floods from heavy downpours and the risk of being struck by lightning.
Some brave Albertans even managed to capture the natural phenomenon in action, posting photos of the ominous clouds to social media.
— Jeff Adams (@jeffmadams) June 13, 2019
— Susan Perry (@LovesToWine) June 13, 2019
— Julie Mitchell (@juliefmitchell) June 13, 2019
— DrewStew (@skinkybob) June 13, 2019
While the photos make for quite the sight, Environment Canada urges anyone residing in an extreme thunderstorm warning or watch area to remain indoors until the storm passes.
“Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors,” the warning states.