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Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Edmonton and surrounding areas, and a thunderstorm watch for much of central Alberta. ((Environment Canada))

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm warning in Edmonton and the surrounding area, and much of central Alberta is under a thunderstorm watch.

The forecast calls for severe thunderstorms Saturday afternoon and evening, with the potential for large hail, damaging winds and heavy downpours.

The forecast calls for a 60 per cent chance of showers or thunderstorms, with winds gusting up to 90 km/h late Saturday afternoon. The wind is expected to ease up by midnight.

Residents are advised to take immediate safety precautions if threatening weather approaches.

The following areas are under a thunderstorm warning:

  • Edmonton, St. Albert, Sherwood Park.
  • Spruce Grove, Morinville, Mayerthorpe, Evansburg.
  • Drayton Valley, Devon, Rimbey, Pigeon Lake.
  • Leduc, Camrose, Wetaskiwin, Tofield.

The following areas are under a thunderstorm watch:

  • Peace River, Fairview, High Prairie, Manning.
  • Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge, Valleyview.
  • Slave Lake.
  • Westlock, Barrhead, Athabasca.
  • Whitecourt, Edson,  Fox Creek, Swan Hills.
  • Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Redwater, Smoky Lake.
  • Rocky Mountain House,Caroline.