August 2, 2018 2:37 pm
Updated: August 3, 2018 8:10 am

Hail, strong winds hit Calgary as severe thunderstorm rolls through

WATCH: Some Calgarians are cleaning up after a severe thunderstorm dropped large hail on Tuesday. Sarah Offin reports.

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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.

READ MORE: Tornado warnings lifted in southern Alberta as severe storms slam the province

“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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