A tornado watch has been issued for large parts of Central Alberta, including Red Deer.
Environment Canada issued the watch just around 2:30 p.m. for Red Deer, Lacombe, Blackfalds, Bowden, Bentley, Innisfail, Penhold, Sylvan Lake, Pine Lake, Ponoka and Red Deer, Lacombe and Ponoka Counties.
According to Environment Canada, conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms, which may produce tornadoes. According to Environment Canada “This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation.
“Be prepared for severe weather. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches.”
In the event of a tornado it is recommended that people go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell or interior closet.
Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelter and move to a strong building if you can.
As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris.