July 3, 2016 5:12 pm
Updated: July 4, 2016 11:16 am

Alberta experiences severe thunderstorm watches, warnings

Dark clouds in Hylo, Alberta at around 3 p.m. Sunday, July 3, 2016.

Courtesy, Darlene Welsh Thibert

Environment Canada issued severe weather watches and warnings for much of central and southern Alberta Sunday afternoon.

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At 4:24 p.m. a tornado warning was issued for Flagstaff Co. near Alliance, Bellshill Lake, Lougheed and Hardisty. The warning was dropped at 4:46 p.m. As of 8:30 p.m. a severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for the region extending to Lloydminster, Wainwright, Provost and Vermilion.

As of 8:30 p.m. a severe thunderstorm watch was issued for the Red Deer, Ponoka, Stettler and Innisfail areas.

As of 2:50 p.m. Sunday, severe thunderstorm watches and warnings were in place for areas northeast of Edmonton, stretching south to Medicine Hat.

As of 3 p.m., Edmonton and Calgary were not under any weather warnings or watches.

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Environment Canada said a line of severe thunderstorms was capable of producing very strong wind gusts, heavy rain and up to nickel-sized hail.

Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing large hail, damaging winds and/or torrential rainfall.

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