Environment Canada issues 'severe' thunderstorm watch for Calgary this evening

Jun 23 2018, 12:08 am

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the city of Calgary this evening.

According to the national weather agency, “dangerous” thunderstorms “capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and torrential rain,” are all possible.

“Thunderstorms continue over northern, central and southern Alberta this afternoon and will continue into the evening hours,” said Environment Canada.

And although the thunderstorms will be “slow-moving,” the statement noted that the main threat is localized heavy rain, with potential for “accumulations of 50 mm of rain in one hour or less.”

In addition, the agency said that “marginally severe” hail and strong wind gusts are also possible with these storms.

In the wake of this weather warning, the agency is also reminding drivers to exercise extra caution while travelling on the roads.

The agency said that heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. It add that fast-moving water across a road can in fact,  “can sweep a vehicle away.”

According to a statement from Environment Canada, severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that have the potential to produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

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