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Funnel cloud weather advisory dropped for Edmonton and surrounding area

What appears to be a funnel cloud is seen near Vimy, Alta. on June 23, 2019 in this photo received from a Global Edmonton viewer.
What appears to be a funnel cloud is seen near Vimy, Alta. on June 23, 2019 in this photo received from a Global Edmonton viewer. Claudette Provencal

Environment Canada issued a weather advisory Sunday afternoon warning that conditions were favourable for the development of funnel clouds. The advisory was no longer in place Monday morning.

The advisory was issued at 3:51 p.m. Sunday and included Edmonton, St. Albert and Sherwood Park.

The special weather advisory also included:

  • Brazeau County near Drayton Valley and Breton
  • County of Wetaskiwin near Alder Flats and Winfield
  • County of Wetaskiwin near Pigeon Lake
  • Leduc County near Calmar and Devon
  • Leduc County near Warburg, Thorsby and Pigeon Lake
  • Ponoka County near Crestomere
  • Ponoka County near Rimbey, Bluffton and Hoadley

“These types of funnel clouds are generated by weak rotation under rapidly growing clouds or weak thunderstorms. This weak rotation is normally not a danger near the ground. However, there is a chance that this rotation could intensify and become a weak landspout tornado,” the weather agency said in a statement.

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A severe thunderstorm warning was also in effect for Leduc, Camrose, Wetaskiwin and Tofield but has also since ended.

Residents in those areas were warned of heavy downpours, flash flooding and toonie-sized hail.

Several other regions across the province were also under watches and warnings on Sunday.