A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for central Alberta.
Environment Canada issued a statement early Saturday afternoon, saying thunderstorms are expected to develop over several central Alberta communities, including Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Stettler and Lacombe.
“Conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing damaging wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain,” the statement said.
Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Very strong wind gusts can damage buildings, down trees and blow large vehicles off the road.
“Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Be prepared for severe weather. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors.”
Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.
A severe thunderstorm warning for Red Deer, Lacombe and parts of Red Deer County was lifted until about 3:30 p.m. But the severe thunderstorm watch is still in effect for those areas.