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Tornado warnings dropped for Red Deer and Lacombe counties

WATCH: Just after Environment Canada issued a tornado warning for Red Deer County near Sylvan Lake, a funnel cloud formation was spotted from the south side of Sylvan Lake at 9 p.m. Courtesy: Clayton Beniuk and Sean Schofer.

Environment Canada issued a tornado warning for Red Deer County, near Sylvan Lake and Stephansson House, and later for Lacombe County on Wednesday night.

At 8:45 p.m., Environment Canada said a severe thunderstorm about 15 kilometres northwest of Markerville had the potential to turn into a tornado in Red Deer County.

The agency said the storm was heading northeast at 20 kilometres an hour, with Sylvan Lake, Evarts and Kuusamo in its path.

At 9:15 p.m., Environment Canada looped Lacombe County into the warning, saying communities impacted would be Sylvan Lake, Jarvis Bay, Birchcliff and Prevo.

Ten minutes later, all warnings were dropped.

Watch below: A tornado warning was in place in Red Deer Wednesday night. Kent Morrison has more on the wild weather.

Wild weather rolls through central Alberta
Wild weather rolls through central Alberta
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Several residents of Sylvan Lake shared photos and videos of the storm with Global News.

Clayton Beniuk captured incredible video of what appears to be a funnel cloud circling above his home on the south side of Sylvan Lake at about 9 p.m.

Large pieces of hail also fell in the Sylvan Lake area.

Large hail stones fell in Sylvan Lake at 9 pm on July 31, 2019.
Large hail stones fell in Sylvan Lake at 9 pm on July 31, 2019. Courtesy: Clayton Beniuk
Cloud formations over Sylvan Lake at 9:15 p.m. on July 31, 2019.
Cloud formations over Sylvan Lake at 9:15 p.m. on July 31, 2019. Courtesy: Tammy Schock
Taken above a house in Sylvan Lake on July 31, 2019.
Taken above a house in Sylvan Lake on July 31, 2019. Courtesy: Shawna Eleniak
Ominous cloud formations above Sylvan Lake, Alta., at 9:15 p.m. July 31, 2019.
Ominous cloud formations above Sylvan Lake, Alta., at 9:15 p.m. July 31, 2019. Courtesy: Natasha DeLeeuw
Hail fell in Sylvan Lake at around 9:15 p.m. July 31, 2019.
Hail fell in Sylvan Lake at around 9:15 p.m. July 31, 2019. Courtesy: Natasha DeLeeuw
Tail cloud north of Sylvan Lake 9:18 p.m. July 31, 2019.
Tail cloud north of Sylvan Lake 9:18 p.m. July 31, 2019. Courtesy: Sean Schofer, Prairie Storm Chasers

Environment Canada had said damaging winds, large hail and intense rainfall were possible.

“This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation,” the agency said in the initial alert.

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“Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. If you hear a roaring sound or see a funnel cloud, swirling debris near the ground, flying debris or any threatening weather approaching, take shelter immediately.”

For a complete list of areas in Alberta that have been issued a weather alert, click here.

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