June 12, 2013 2:30 pm

Tornado warnings ended for Edmonton and surrounding areas

EDMONTON – Environment Canada has ended all tornado warnings that had been in place for central Alberta Wednesday afternoon.

People had been advised to take cover as severe weather swept through the region. Local schools also took precautions, with a lockdown at Edmonton Catholics schools, as well as some Edmonton Public Schools.

Yellow bus carrier service continued to run.

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According to Environment Canada, conditions were favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms with the potential to produce tornadoes in affected areas. The severe thunderstorms produces large hail, flooding rain, lightning and powerful winds.

“It’s better to be safe than sorry,” said Global meteorologist Nicola Crosbie, “so the Tornado warnings, although scary, are a good thing. It’s always better to take cover and wait until the storm passes.”

Most of the severe thunderstorm warnings that were in place were also ended Wednesday evening. Severe thunderstorm warnings remained in place in the Cypress Hills and Medicine Hat areas.

In Edmonton, the following raw video was captured near 51st Avenue and 99th Street Wednesday afternoon. Heavy rain caused flooding in the street after man hole covers flew off.

This water spout was spotted over Pigeon Lake around 1:15 p.m.

The following picture was snapped in Sherwood Park by viewer Brittany Almond:

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If threatening weather approaches, take immediate safety precautions and follow these extreme summer weather safety tips.

If you would like to report severe weather, you can call 1-800-239-0484. This phone number is only for reporting severe weather.

To get real-time weather for your area, download the Skytracker weather app.

Read: Your forecast

As severe weather hit the Capital Region on Wednesday, residents also took to Twitter. Here’s a look at some of the best pictures that have been posted.

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