4 tornadoes touched down in Alberta on Tuesday, Environment Canada says
It's believed the twisters didn't cause any damage
Four tornadoes touched down in Alberta on Tuesday.
Environment Canada confirmed Wednesday that four tornadoes were observed, according to its preliminary weather summary:
- At 5:07 p.m., east of Keoma.
- At 5:45 p.m., west of Acme.
- At 7:00 p.m., west of Trochu.
- At 8:05 p.m., north of Brooks.
All tornadoes were brief and it's believed there was no damage, The twisters were given a preliminary rating of EF0, which is the lowest rating on the Enhanced Fujita scale.
An alert on Tuesday evening had cautioned that the tornadoes were likely to lift and touch down multiple times before dissipating, and that the weak tornadoes could appear as funnel clouds with swirling debris near the ground.
Environment Canada said multiple funnel clouds were observed across a large area of Alberta on Tuesday evening, and that its meteorologists are seeking photos of the clouds or any damage caused. Anyone with photos is asked to call 1-800-239-0484, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet using the hashtag #abstorm.
A few shots from yesterday's funnel extravaganza east of Carstairs, Alberta<br>July 7, 2020 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/abstorm?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#abstorm</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StormHour?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StormHour</a> <a href="https://t.co/iX5JQ4WUbd">pic.twitter.com/iX5JQ4WUbd</a>—@ABfoothillsWX
Close range of the tornado just NW of Brooks along Highway 1 about half an hour ago video taken by Darsie Smith <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/abstorm?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#abstorm</a> <a href="https://t.co/cbb78tlBAf">pic.twitter.com/cbb78tlBAf</a>—@HouckisPokise
On Wednesday afternoon, weather advisories stated that conditions could be favourable for the development of funnel clouds in northwest Alberta, near Grande Prairie and Peace River.
And wind advisories were in place for the southeastern part of the province, with gusts of up to 100 km/h expected near Medicine Hat and Hanna.
Alberta has seen plenty of extreme weather so far this summer, including Calgary's mid-June hailstorm that is the fourth-costliest natural disaster in Canada's history.
An up-to-date list of weather advisories is available on Environment Canada's website.