Environment Canada issues severe thunderstorm warning for central Alberta

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A map of weather warnings and statements across Alberta for July 7 at 5 p.m. MT. (Environment Canada - image credit)
A map of weather warnings and statements across Alberta for July 7 at 5 p.m. MT. (Environment Canada - image credit)

Environment Canada meteorologists issued a severe thunderstorm warning capable of producing strong gusts of wind, nickel-sized hail and heavy rain for central Alberta near Red Deer. Here is a list of the areas currently under a warning:

  • Stettler County near near Botha and Gadsby

  • Stettler County near Stettler Nevis and Rochon Sands

The warning previously included the City of Red Deer but it was removed shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday. The warnings for Lacombe County were also lifted shortly before 6 p.m.

The warning advises anyone caught in the storm to take cover if threatening weather approaches.

"Large hail can damage property and cause injury," the warning reads. "Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!"

Such warnings are issued when dangerous thunderstorms are imminent or already occurring.

A severe thunderstorm watch is still in place for the following areas:

  • Camrose Co. near Bashaw and Meeting Creek

  • City of Red Deer

  • County of Paintearth near Halkirk and Big Knife Prov. Park

  • County of Stettler near Big Valley

  • County of Stettler near Botha and Gadsby

  • County of Stettler near Byemoor and Endiang

  • County of Stettler near Donalda

  • County of Stettler near Stettler Nevis and Rochon Sands

  • Flagstaff County near Forestburg and Galahad

  • Lacombe County near Clive Alix and Mirror

  • Lacombe County near Eckville

  • Lacombe County near Lacombe Blackfalds and Bentley

  • Ponoka County near Ponoka and Maskwacis

  • Red Deer County near Elnora Lousana and Delburne

  • Red Deer County near Penhold Innisfail and Bowden

  • Red Deer County near Pine Lake

  • Red Deer County near Spruce View and Red Lodge Prov. Park

  • Red Deer County near Sylvan Lake and Stephansson House

A thunderstorm watch is in place when conditions are favourable for severe thunderstorms to develop but may not be imminent, according to Environment Canada.

Environment Canada says residents can continue to monitor storm developments by following the #ABstorm hashtag on Twitter.

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