People who live north of Calgary were warned about a “dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation” as Environment Canada issued a tornado warning for parts of Mountain View County and Rocky View County on Wednesday night.
At 7:28 p.m., the weather agency said its meteorologists were tracking “a severe thunderstorm that may produce a tornado in the next 30 minutes.”
Just moments after the warning was issued, it was downgraded to a tornado watch. The tornado watch was dropped shortly before 9 p.m.
People near Carstairs, Stirlingville, Cremona, Water Valley and Airdrie were asked to “take cover immediately.” Anyone who saw a funnel cloud or flying debris or hears a roaring sound was asked to take shelter immediately.
“Go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell or interior closet,” Environment Canada said. “Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelter, and move to a strong building if you can. As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris.”
Environment Canada issues tornado warnings when “imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing tornadoes.”
Meanwhile, several other parts of Alberta were under a severe thunderstorm warning or watch Wednesday evening. Those advisories had been dropped by Thursday morning.
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