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Tornado warning near High River downgraded to thunderstorm

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A tornado warning was issued after a twister touched down in Vulcan County near the community of Blackie on Saturday afternoon. – Jun 5, 2021

An Alberta Emergency Alert was issued Saturday after a tornado was spotted near High River.

The tornado was moving at a speed of 30 km/h, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada, and the community of Blackie was in its path. The alert was issued just after 2 p.m.

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“If you are in the affected area, seek shelter immediately in a basement or reinforced structure,” the alert said.

“Get low and put as many walls between yourself and the storm as possible. Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls.”

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Tornado warning near High River downgraded to thunderstorm – Jun 5, 2021

Anyone on the highway who could not avoid the tornado was advised to shelter in a ditch or a ravine.

The tornado emergency alert was downgraded to a severe thunderstorm warning at 3 p.m.

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Environment and Climate Change Canada explained that a severe thunderstorm developed north of High River and moved east past the community of Blackie.

ECCC received reports of up to toonie-sized hail and a tornado during the storm.

Meteorologists want pictures of the tornado or the damage it may have caused. If you have information, call 1-800-239-0484, email abstorm@canada.ca or tweet #abstorm.

Earlier on Saturday, a severe thunderstorm watch was issued for Rocky View County near Cochrane and the City of Calgary.

– With files from Kaylen Small

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