tornado warning in effect

Critical: tornado - Parts of Alberta (Updated Jul 17, 2023 at 02:54 PM)

Critical: tornado - Parts of Alberta

Updated Jul 17, 2023 at 02:54 PM

Source: Environment Canada

Issued: Jul 17, 2023 at 02:54 PM


Description: tornado warning in effect

At 2:53 p.m. MDT, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a thunderstorm that is producing a tornado. Damaging winds, large hail and locally intense rainfall are also possible. This thunderstorm is located just south of Okotoks and moving to the east at 30 km/h.

This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation. Tornado warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing tornadoes.

Area: Foothills Co. near Okotoks and De Winton

Affected areas (3):

  • Foothills No. 31
  • Okotoks
  • High River

Action to take:

  • One or more weak tornadoes may be occurring in the area
  • They sometimes appear as funnel clouds with swirling debris near the ground
  • Go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell or interior closet
  • Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelter, and move to a strong building if you can
  • As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris
  • Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year
  • Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

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