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Possible tornado hits Alberta


Click on the photo above to see various videos and pictures of the stormy conditions in the Prairies
Click on the photo above to see various videos and pictures of the stormy conditions in the Prairies

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

August 23, 2010 — Severe thunderstorms fired up in Alberta Sunday forcing tornado warnings in Grande Prairie.

Quarter sized hail fell in Calgary Sunday
Quarter sized hail fell in Calgary Sunday

Severe thunderstorms continue to bubble up across the Prairies. And on Sunday they were strong enough for Environment Canada to issue a tornado warning.

Just after 9 p.m., local time, there were reports of a tornado touchdown about five kilometres southeast of Grande Prairie. Confirmation of the tornado and its strength has not yet been determined by Environment Canada.

While the most extreme conditions were reported in the north, areas in southern Alberta also faced some severe weather. Heavy rain and strong winds hammered the city of Calgary, but it was the large hail that did the most damage.

Photos that were uploaded to our Weather Gallery showed hail slightly larger than a quarter in size. The hail piled up and covered the ground in other areas, making it look more like winter instead of the middle of August.

Thunderstorm risk continues Monday
Thunderstorm risk continues Monday

Severe thunderstorms have been relentless across the Prairies this summer, and the widespread risk continues this week.

It looks as though central Saskatchewan, the majority of Manitoba and northwestern Ontario will bare the brunt of the storms on Monday with heavy rain, gusty winds and hail all possible. The good news is these storms have helped to improve air quality significantly across all three Prairie provinces.

Be sure to check our Canadian Cities Index before heading out to ensure you're prepared for the conditions in your area. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV as the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of each hour.

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