Menacing storm clouds in town with strong gusts of wind. PHOTO BY MOUSH SARA JOHN

UPDATE: Stettler and area hit by severe thunderstorms

On Sunday evening, Stettler and surrounding areas were struck by two consecutive thunderstorms.

Stettler and surrounding areas experienced two severe thunderstorms on Sunday evening, July 23.

Hail has been reported by some residents from the county.

Earlier on Sunday evening, Environment Canada meteorologists put out a severe thunderstorm warning for Stettler and area. They were tracking a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing very strong wind gusts, toonie to ping pong ball size hail and heavy rain.

This line of thunderstorms extended from Viking to Donalda and was moving to the east southeast at 50 km/h. Storm spotters have reported hail as large as ping pong balls with this line of thunderstorms.

According to Environment Canada, if threatening weather approaches, one should take cover immediately.

Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year, according to Environment Canada statistics.

Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing either large hail, damaging winds, or torrential rainfall.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

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