Calgary

Warning ends after possible tornado reported in Wetaskiwin County near Knob Hill

A tornado warning issued Wednesday has ended for parts of central Alberta.

Residents were warned of 'rotating severe thunderstorm'

Environment Canada issued thunderstorm warnings and tornado watches across central Alberta on Wednesday evening. This file photo by James Wilson was taken in 2020. (James Wilson/Twitter)

A tornado warning issued Wednesday as a powerful storm moved through central Alberta has ended.

According to a critical alert issued by Alberta Emergency Alert around 9 p.m. Wednesday, a rotating severe thunderstorm that was possibly producing a tornado was located near Knob Hill, moving toward the northeast at 35 km/h.

Knob Hill and Yeoford were the communities in the path of the tornado, the alert said.

The alert was cancelled at 9:27 p.m., but severe thunderstorm warnings remained in effect overnight for some communities, including Red Deer, Devon and Drayton Valley.

The storm is capable of producing strong wind gusts, up to toonie-size hail and heavy rain, Environment Canada warned. 

"Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles," the agency wrote in its warning. 

"Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes."

There were also severe thunderstorm watches in effect for many communities including Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Medicine Hat.

In the event of a tornado or tornado warning, it is recommended that residents:

  • Go indoors to a room on the lowest floor.
  • Move away from outside walls and windows.
  • Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers or other temporary shelters.
  • Move to a strong building, if possible.

For a full list of current weather warnings, click here.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?

now