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Tornado potential for the Prairies Friday

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Friday, July 4, 2014, 10:58 AM - Severe thunderstorms tracked across northern and central Alberta on Thursday resulting in numerous reports of severe hail.

"The biggest of which was golf ball sized near Barrhead causing significant crop damage in that area," says Environment Canada. "Localized flooding in heavy rain also occurred in many areas northwest of Edmonton."


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The risk for severe weather has moved east with an "incredible amount of upper level instability in southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba Friday," says Weather Network meteorologist Brett Soderholm. "All of the ingredients are there for storms to become extremely severe."

According to Soderholm, there's a large "capping" over the regions, which will make it difficult for the storms to develop.

"If the capping level is able to be eroded however, we could see some pretty severe storms Friday afternoon and evening."

Forecasters say an isolated tornado can not be ruled out. 

Be sure to check back for updates on these storms and tune into The Weather Network on TV for LIVE coverage.

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