Tornado warning issued for Wetaskiwin County near Knob Hill

A thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of Wetaskiwin County Wednesday evening.

According to a critical alert from Alberta Emergency Alert, a rotating severe thunderstorm that is possibly producing a tornado is located near Knob Hill, moving towards the northeast at 35 km/h. Knob Hill and Yeoford are the communities in the path of the tornado, the alert says. 

The warning is in effect for:

  • Co. of Wetaskiwin near Alder Flats and Winfield
  • Co. of Wetaskiwin near Pigeon Lake

Environment Canada has also issued severe thunderstorm warnings for some areas of central Alberta on Wednesday evening, warning that conditions were favourable for the development of storms that may produce tornadoes.

As of 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, the agency had severe thunderstorm warnings in place for:

  • Drayton Valley, Devon, Rimbey, Pigeon Lake
  • Red Deer, Ponoka, Innisfail, Stettler
  • Rocky Mountain House, Caroline

In each of those communities, Environment Canada has also issued a tornado watch.

“These storms will track to the northeast,” the agency wrote in its warning. “This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation.

“Be prepared for severe weather. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches.”

There are also severe thunderstorm watches in effect for many communities including Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Medicine Hat.

In the event of a tornado or tornado warning, it is recommended that residents:

  • Go indoors to a room on the lowest floor.
  • Move away from outside walls and windows.
  • Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers or other temporary shelters.
  • Move to a strong building, if possible.

For a full list of current weather warnings, click here.

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