[ENDED] Weather advisory: Conditions favourable for funnel clouds

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
July 3, 2018 - 11:20am Updated: July 4, 2018 - 6:12am

The weather advisory issued Tuesday has now ended. 

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Environment Canada says conditions will be favourable for the development of funnel clouds Tuesday afternoon.

As such, a weather advisory is in effect for much of Central Alberta including Red Deer, Red Deer County, Lacombe County, Ponoka County and the County of Stettler.

According to Environment Canada, the types of funnel clouds in question are generated by weak rotation under rapidly growing clouds or weak thunderstorms. This weak rotation is normally not a danger near the ground. However, there is a chance that this rotation could intensify and become a weak landspout tornado.

If conditions become more favourable for the development of landspout tornadoes, Environment Canada  will issue further watches and warnings.

Landspout tornadoes do not usually cause significant damage but can still be dangerous, Environment Canada says, as they can be strong enough to topple trees, damage roofs or toss debris short distances.

Treat any funnel cloud sighting seriously. Should a funnel cloud develop nearby, prepare to take shelter. These funnel clouds usually appear with little or no warning.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #ABStorm.

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