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Environment Canada confirms tornado touched down in central Alberta on Wednesday

Colin Mazurenko, who works in agricultural sales, said he saw what appeared to be a funnel cloud touching down near Waskatenau at about 2:30 p.m. COURTESY: Colin Mazurenko

UPDATE: Environment Canada confirmed on Friday that two tornadoes touched down in the area on Wednesday. For more details, visit our latest story

Turbulent weather brought yet another tornado to central Alberta on Wednesday, according to Environment Canada.

The weather agency said the EF0 tornado touched down northeast of the village of Waskatenau at about 1:50 p.m., making it the 18th confirmed tornado to touch down in the province this year.

The twister had an estimated wind speed of 90 kilometres per hour to 130 km/hr, Environment Canada said.

Colin Mazurenko, who works in agricultural sales, said he saw what appeared to be a funnel cloud touching down near Waskatenau at about 2:30 p.m.

“I was just driving… out of Waskatenau and just driving up [Highway] 831, going north towards Boyle, and saw the funnel cloud in the distance,” he told Global News.
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“[It’s the] first one I’ve ever seen that close I guess… I drive quite a bit [and it’s] the first one I’ve seen driving that close.”

View photos of a possible tornado spotted near Waskatenau on Wednesday in the photo gallery below.

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Colin Mazurenko, who works in agricultural sales, said he saw what appeared to be a funnel cloud touching down near Waskatenau at about 2:30 p.m. COURTESY: Colin Mazurenko
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Colin Mazurenko, who works in agricultural sales, said he saw what appeared to be a funnel cloud touching down near Waskatenau at about 2:30 p.m. COURTESY: Colin Mazurenko
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Colin Mazurenko, who works in agricultural sales, said he saw what appeared to be a funnel cloud touching down near Waskatenau at about 2:30 p.m. COURTESY: Colin Mazurenko

Mazurenko said it seemed far enough away from him that he wasn’t worried.

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“It kind of sat down there for a while on the ground… then it lifted up and hung there for a little bit in the air and then lifted into the clouds and away it went.”

READ MORE: Alberta ahead of average tornado count at 17 so far this year

Watch below: Some Global News videos about tornados.

“[Environment Canada] meteorologists continue to investigate this tornado,” the weather agency said. “If you or anyone you know has photos, videos or any other information regarding this event, please email abstorm@canada.ca.”
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It is not known whether any injuries have been reported or what kind of damage, if any, resulted from the twister.

READ MORE: Severe thunderstorm warnings and rainfall warnings issued for central, northern Alberta

Mazurenko described the weather in the Waskatenau area just before he saw the funnel cloud as being what “seems like it’s an everyday weather right now.”

“It was cloudy and rainy and it was pretty dark going towards the north,” he said.

Waskatenau is located about 100 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.

“There was also a report of toonie-sized hail (29 mm) reported just west of Lloydminster Wednesday afternoon,” Environment Canada said.

Global viewer Scott Thostenson sent in the following photos of damage to his cabin in Hanmore Lake, just northeast of Waskatenau.

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Damage at Hanmore Lake, Alta. following a storm Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Courtesy, Scott Thostenson
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Damage at Hanmore Lake, Alta. following a storm Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Courtesy, Scott Thostenson
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Damage at Hanmore Lake, Alta. following a storm Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Courtesy, Scott Thostenson
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Damage at Hanmore Lake, Alta. following a storm Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Courtesy, Scott Thostenson
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Damage at Hanmore Lake, Alta. following a storm Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Courtesy, Scott Thostenson
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Damage at Hanmore Lake, Alta. following a storm Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Courtesy, Scott Thostenson
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Damage at Hanmore Lake, Alta. following a storm Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Courtesy, Scott Thostenson
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Damage at Hanmore Lake, Alta. following a storm Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Courtesy, Scott Thostenson
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Damage at Hanmore Lake, Alta. following a storm Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Courtesy, Scott Thostenson
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Damage at Hanmore Lake, Alta. following a storm Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Courtesy, Scott Thostenson

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