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Tornado touches down in southern Saskatchewan

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    Friday, July 5, 2013, 6:46 AM -

    Environment Canada has confirmed that a tornado touched down in southwestern Saskatchewan Thursday night.

    It happened near the communities of Dollard and Shaunavon, but touched down in a relatively open area.

    A tornado warning was issued for the area at the time, as meteorologists tracked the very dangerous storm.

    No injuries have been reported, but the accompanying storm flooded streets and knocked trees onto parked cars.

    Emergency workers and townspeople are busy trying to clear the debris.

    Downed trees in Shaunavon after Thursday's storm

    Downed trees in Shaunavon after Thursday's storm

    It was a similar story in parts of Alberta, where strong winds, heavy rain and large hail were reported.

    In Airdrie, piles of hail collected on city streets and sidewalks, making it look like a coat of snow in the middle of winter.

    Tornado warnings were issued for some communities in southern Alberta, but no touch downs have been confirmed.

    The thunderstorm risk continues on Friday with the greatest threat for severe storms in parts of central and southern Saskatchewan.

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