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Severe thunderstorms in central Alberta claim one life


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Thursday, July 11, 2013, 4:41 PM -

Environment Canada has issued severe thunderstorm watches and warnings as dark clouds move into central portions of Alberta.

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"Storms are firing up west of the Edmonton area towards the Foothills," explains Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

"Conditions are favourable for severe storms, including hail and damaging winds. There is also a slight tornado risk as we go forward into the late afternoon and evening."

While intense thunderstorms could create localized flooding, this round of storms won't be as damaging as the floods that inundated southern Alberta in late June.

Residents are being advised to monitor the weather conditions. Should severe weather occur, take shelter immediately.

WEDNEDSAY'S STORMS CLAIM ONE LIFE

Thunderstorm watches and warnings were also in effect on Wednesday as heavy rain, wind gusts in excess of 80 kilometres per hour and lightning moved through central portions of the province.

A man camping in north-central Alberta was killed after part of a tree fell during Wednesday's storm. Mounties say it happened around 11 p.m. at the Touchwood Lake Campground northeast of Lac la Biche.

A 64 year-old man was trying to secure items at a campsite when part of a tree broke and fell onto the man.

Police say the man is not from the area and was camping with his family.

His name is not being released. 

With files from the Canadian Press

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