Menacing clouds above intersection of Hwy. 56 and Hwy. 12 in Stettler, as it came under severe thunderstorm warning earlier this evening. MOUSH SARA JOHN/STETTLER INDEPENDENT

Stettler and area under severe thunderstorm warning

When thunder roars, go indoors, says Environment Canada.

Stettler and its surrounding areas came under severe thunderstorm warning, earlier this evening.

What started as gusts of wind and sporadic showers developed into a strong thunderstorm with hail that has resulted in power outages in some places.

Environment Canada has cautioned people to be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions.

Although thunderstorm warning has ended for some places around Red Deer, Lacombe and Ponoka, thunderstorm warning is still in effect for the County of Stettler and neighbourhoods.

Environment Canada has stated that their meteorologists are 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 extends from 20 km northwest of Coronation to just north of Cochrane and is moving southeast at approximately 40 km/h. The area of strong winds with this line has moved well ahead of the main thunderstorms. Gusts along this line have been reported to be upwards of 110 km/h.

Environment Canada urges residents to 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.

This warning comes with the reminder that severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, and/or torrential rainfall.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. Stettler Independent will keep you updated.

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