Severe thunderstorm warning in effect for Red Deer and area

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued by Environment Canada for the City of Red Deer and surrounding areas.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued by Environment Canada for the City of Red Deer and surrounding areas.

The affected areas include Red Deer, Lacombe County near Lacombe, Blackfalds and Bentley, Red Deer County near Penhold, Innisfail and Bowden, Red Deer County near Sylvan Lake and Stephansson House.

At 12:58 p.m., Environment Canada meteorologists said they are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing strong wind gusts, dime-to-nickel-size hail and heavy rain.

These thunderstorms are located just west of Red Deer and moving slowly northeastward.

To report severe weather, you can call 1-800-239-0484, send an email to storm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #ABStorm.

Take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles.

Remember, severe thunderstorms can also produce tornadoes.

Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. When thunder roars, go indoors.

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