Critical alert and several watches issued for possible tornados in Alberta Monday
Less than 24 hours after a tornado hit near Coronation, Alberta’s Emergency Alert has issued another severe weather warning for the province.
One Important warning was issued for a possible tornado in Clearwater County, Alta., around 2:40 p.m. Monday.
The warning said a rotating thunderstorm that could create a tornado was located near Horburg and was moving southeast at 35 km/h.
BILLIONornado clock is also placed for several other areas of central Alberta, including Red Deer, Ponoka, Innisfail and Settler.
Several areas of southern Alberta were also within the reach of tornadoes, including Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds and Sundre.
Strong gusts of wind, very heavy hail and heavy rain are possible for all affected areas.
Tornado clocks are released when atmospheric conditions are favorable for the development of thunderstorms that can produce tornadoes.
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If inclement weather approaches, state officials recommend that residents enter a room on the lowest floor, away from any windows and exterior walls.
“Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other permanent or temporary shelters and move to a permanent building if you can,” the weather warning read. “Last resort, stay low and protect your head from flying debris.”
Alberta is no stranger to extreme weather. In fact, in an average summer, Environment Canada generates more than 100 reports and issues more than 1,500 meters and warnings.
In 2019, the province reported 23 tornados. In 2020, that number is 17.
– With files from Emily Mertz, Global News
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