A landspout tornado was reported Saturday roughly 40 kilometres north of Stettler, Alta., according to Environment Canada.

"It does look like it touched the ground and caused some damage," said Environment Canada meterologist Kyle Fougere.

He said while hard to confirm, the caller who reported the landspout sent in some pictures and said there was some minor damage to a local farm yard that included broken trees, a bent flag pole and some empty grain bins being tossed around.

Fougere says landspout tornados are essentially funnel clouds that touch the ground and are formed from weaker thunderstorm systems than full-scale tornadoes.

He said they are less of a safety risk than the tornado that was seen earlier this week near Taber, Alta.  

According to Environment Canada funnel clouds in the Calgary to Edmonton corridor could be possible for the next several hours.

Fougere says there have been several reports of funnel clouds east of Edmonton towards Red Deer.

There have been tornado watch alerts issued for Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds, Sundre, Red Deer, Ponoka, Innisfail, Stettler, Drayton Valley, Devon, Rimbey, Leduc, Camrose, Wetaskiwin, Tofield and Pigeon Lake.

People are advised to find shelter if a funnel cloud develops above them.

Environment Canada has also issued rainfall and thunderstorm warnings for most of central and southern Alberta.