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Afternoon thunderstorm batters Edmonton causing localized flooding

WATCH ABOVE: A thunderstorm that blew through Edmonton Saturday afternoon battered local yards and gardens and caused flooding in some neighbourhoods.

A thunderstorm that blew through Edmonton Saturday afternoon battered local yards and gardens and caused flooding in some neighbourhoods.

Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Edmonton, including St. Albert and Sherwood Park, at 2:06 p.m. The warning ended at 4:13 p.m..

“A slow-moving thunderstorm is currently sitting over the city of Edmonton and is moving to the southwest at 10 km/h. This thunderstorm is producing localized flooding,” the advisory said.

Pea-sized hail along with heavy downpours were reported throughout the city — with larger amounts in north and east Edmonton.

Hail in south Edmonton.
Hail in south Edmonton. Lori Wells
Hail in southwest Edmonton.
Hail in southwest Edmonton. Caroline Laramee

The storm lasted a couple of hours.

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There were several reports of flooded roads, including along 99 Street near 53 Avenue.

 

Heavy downpours reported in northeast Edmonton.
Heavy downpours reported in northeast Edmonton. Alyson Elizabeth
South of Highway 39 between Calmar and Leduc Saturday.
South of Highway 39 between Calmar and Leduc Saturday. Amanda Michelle
A heavy downpour stops motorists along the QE II south of Edmonton.
A heavy downpour stops motorists along the QE II south of Edmonton. Supplied
Hail near South Edmonton Common
Hail near South Edmonton Common
Hail near Rundle Park Saturday afternoon.
Hail near Rundle Park Saturday afternoon. Neen Mallory
Heavy rain in northeast Edmonton caused some minor flooding.
Heavy rain in northeast Edmonton caused some minor flooding. Alyson Elizabeth
Heavy rain in South Edmonton
Heavy rain in South Edmonton Zachery Aubert
Flooded roads near Calgary Trail
Flooded roads near Calgary Trail Robin Bolle

There are also reports of flooding along Whitemud Drive.

Shoppers at the Capilano Walmart reported water upto their knees when leaving the store just before 3 p.m..

Pat Hutchison, a spokesperson for the City of Edmonton, said there are no reports of major flooding, but city drainage crews are working to clear debris from a number of streets where the downpour has caused flooding.

Hutchison added that there are also a number of spots throughout the city where manholes have become dislodged.

She said the majority of flood-related calls are coming from the Capilano area.

She advised drivers to avoid underpasses and be alert.

READ MORE: Funnel Cloud advisory issued for east-central Alberta including Edmonton

Earlier in the day, Environment Canada issued a weather advisory warning conditions were favourable for the development of funnel clouds Saturday afternoon and evening.