Tornado warning passes Calgary, moves east to Brooks, Strathmore, Vulcan

Jul 5 2020, 9:15 pm

Update: The tornado warnings have ended. Severe thunderstorm warnings remain in place for the City of Calgary, Brooks, Strathmore, Vulcan, Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds, and Sundre as of 10:20 pm MST. 

The Environment Canada tornado warning that was seen in Calgary earlier this evening has moved east, leaving Calgary under a severe thunderstorm warning.

The regions of Brooks, Strathmore, and Vulcan are now facing the tornado warning, which states:

“Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm that is possibly producing a tornado. Damaging winds, large hail and locally intense rainfall are also possible. The storm is located near Conrich and is moving southeast at 15 km/h.”

“This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. If you hear a roaring sound or see a funnel cloud, swirling debris near the ground, flying debris, or any threatening weather approaching, take shelter immediately.”

“Go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell or interior closet. Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelter, and move to a strong building if you can. As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris.”

Calgary’s severe thunderstorm warning states that the city could see toonie-sized hail, very strong wind gusts, and heavy rain.

“This storm is located 10 km south of Airdrie and is heading to the southeast at 15 km/h. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!”