Alerts for: Drayton Valley - Devon - Rimbey - Pigeon Lake

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6:23 PM MDT Thursday 28 July 2016
Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:

  • Brazeau Co. near Drayton Valley and Breton
  • Co. of Wetaskiwin near Alder Flats and Winfield
  • Co. of Wetaskiwin near Pigeon Lake
  • Leduc Co. near Calmar and Devon
  • Leduc Co. near Warburg Thorsby and Pigeon Lake
  • Ponoka Co. near Crestomere
  • Ponoka Co. near Rimbey Bluffton and Hoadley

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

Thunderstorms are expected to develop early this afternoon. Some of these thunderstorms may become severe with large hail and heavy downpours.

Conditions are favourable for the development of funnel clouds today.

These type of funnel clouds are generated by weak rotation under rapidly growing clouds or weak thunderstorms. This type of rotation is normally not a danger near the ground. However, there is a danger that this rotation could intensify and become a weak landspout tornado.

Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to storm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #ABStorm.

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