Hail, strong winds hit Calgary as severe thunderstorm rolls through
Large hail, heavy rain and strong winds hit much of Calgary and the surrounding area on Thursday afternoon during a severe thunderstorm.
On Thursday at 5:12 p.m., the alert for Calgary was upgraded to a severe thunderstorm warning. Environment Canada said the system was “capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickle-size hail and heavy rain.”
The storm was just north of Priddis and was moving northeast at 35 km/h at that time.
The warning was lifted by 5:38 p.m. A severe thunderstorm watch remained in effect before being lifted.
Environment Canada issued a warning shortly after 1 p.m. that a storm had formed near Bragg Creek and had the potential to produce very strong winds, nickle-sized hail and heavy rain. It was lifted at 2:30 p.m.
WATCH: Video shows hail damaging trees in Calgary.
The national weather agency said the storm cell was moving east at 40 km/h.
The thunderstorm had already produced toonie-sized hail as of 1:15 p.m., Environment Canada said.
The weather agency advised residents to use caution with a storm of this nature, saying “large hail can cause property damage and cause injury.”
WATCH: Video shows heavy hail in Calgary’s South Glenmore community.
“Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!” Environment Canada said.
A home in Calgary was struck by lightning during a severe thunderstorm on Wednesday.
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