Tornado warning lifted for Wetaskiwin County, tornado watches still in effect in central Alberta – .

Tornado warning lifted for Wetaskiwin County, tornado watches still in effect in central Alberta – .

Environment Canada issued a tornado warning for parts of Wetaskiwin County at 9:08 p.m. Wednesday evening, while other parts of central Alberta were under tornado watch or severe thunderstorm warning.

At 9:25 p.m., the warning was lifted, but the county and other parts of central Alberta remained under tornado watch.

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Announcing that the warning had been lifted, Environment Canada said a thunderstorm in the area “remains dangerous due to large hail, strong winds and intense lightning, however, the threat of a tornado has risen. weakened ”.

“Conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms with the potential to produce tornadoes,” the weather agency said on its website earlier in the evening when the tornado watches were issued. “Severe thunderstorms have developed in the Drayton Valley and Rocky Mountain House areas. These storms will head northeast.

“It is a dangerous and potentially fatal situation. “

Tornado watches were originally issued at 8:37 p.m.

Just after 9 p.m., an emergency alert was issued for Wetaskiwin County # 10 because Environment Canada stated that “a severe turning thunderstorm that could produce a tornado is near Knob Hill, moving towards the northeast at 35 km / h. Communities on the way include Knob Hill and Yeoford.

In the event of a tornado or tornado warning, Environment Canada advises people to “go indoors to a room on the ground floor – away from exterior walls and windows – such as a basement, bathroom or bathroom. bathroom, stairwell or interior closet ”.

“Get out of mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers, and other temporary or free-standing shelters and move to a sturdy building if you can. As a last resort, lie down in a low place and protect your head from flying debris. “

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