Severe thunderstorm warnings issued for central and southern Alberta

Severe storms were moving southeast over the province on Sunday.

Environment Canada says storm is moving southeast

Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Olds, Didsbury and Sundre areas on Sunday afternoon. (Environment Canada)

A number of severe thunderstorm warning were issued across central and southern Alberta on Sunday afternoon by Environment Canada, which were later downgraded to watches. 

"This severe thunderstorm is located near Beiseker and is moving southeast at 40 km/h," read the alert issued at 3:45 p.m. Sunday.

Environment Canada earlier issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Olds, Didsbury and Sundre areas, which was later downgraded to a watch.

The warnings say heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roadways. Strong wind gusts can also send loose objects airborne, which has the potential to injure or kill.

A severe thunderstorm warning was also issued for Medicine Hat, along with the Bowell, Redcliff, Dunmore, Woochester and Seven Persons areas of Cypress County, which was also downgraded to a severe thunderstorm watch. 

Severe thunderstorm watches were also in place for:

  • Brooks, Strathmore, Vulcan
  • Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Foremost
  • Drumheller, Three Hills
  • Lethbridge, Taber, Milk River
  • Red Deer, Ponoka, Innisfail, Stettler
  • Rocky Mountain House, Caroline