Environment Canada has issued a tornado watch for Red Deer and many parts of central Alberta.
Conditions are favourable for severe thunderstorms, which may produce tornadoes this evening, the federal agency said, adding it is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation.
“Be prepared for severe weather. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches,” Environment Canada advises.
“In the event of a tornado, or if a tornado warning is issued for your area, it is recommended you take the following actions: 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.
“Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors.”