A severe thunderstorm watch was just called for Calgary

Jul 17 2020, 1:18 pm

Looks like we’re still riding out this storm, Calgary.

Following a flashy storm on Thursday night, Environment Canada has now issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the City of Calgary.

Large hail, heavy rain, and strong winds are all possibilities as thunderstorms increase along the foothills this afternoon, which are then expected to head east throughout the day.

“Some of these thunderstorms could become severe,” the Environment Canada release states.

It is recommended to stay inside during the storm, as hail and wind can damage buildings, break tree branches, and even overturn vehicles.

Flash floods and large poolings of water on roads should also be looked out for, and lightning is always a possible danger during thunderstorms.

The watch was issued at 1:13 pm this afternoon and will remain in place until the storms subside.

The severe thunderstorm watch is also in effect for other regions of Alberta, including Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds, Sundre, Cardston, Fort Macleod, Magrath, Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, Waterton Lakes National Park, Lethbridge, Taber, Milk River, Okotoks, High River, Claresholm, Rochy Mountain House, and Caroline.

Anyone looking to report severe weather in their area can email [email protected] or tweet using the #ABStorm hashtag.

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