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PHOTOS: Tornado-warned storms illuminate Alberta skies, drops hail, heavy rain

Monday, July 6th 2020, 12:20 pm - The late-night Sunday storms brightened the skies with frequent lightning, dropped small hail and even prompted tornado warnings for Calgary and surrounding regions.

The weekend ended with a bang in southern Alberta, as severe thunderstorms punched their way through the region Sunday night, prompting Environment Canada to issue tornado warnings for places such as Calgary and Rocky View County.

Just before 10 p.m. local time, a severe thunderstorm showing rotation was located near Conrich and headed southeast towards Conrich and Chestermere at 15 km/h, according to an Alberta Emergency Alert issued.

At 9:40 p.m., a storm situated 10 kilometeres south of Airdrie prompted the agency to also issue a tornado warning for Calgary. The alert was dropped before 10 p.m., while thunderstorm warnings ended by 11 p.m.

The storms yielded reports of at least loonie-sized hail, heavy rains, strong winds and frequent lightning. The storm threat will continue in Alberta Monday, with the potential for some to reach severe levels in central areas.

SIGHTS FROM THE TORNADO-WARNED STORMS

As soon as the storms roared through the province, social media came to life with visuals from the tornado-warned storms, which dropped hail, illuminated the skies with lightning and scary clouds, and delivered strong winds and heavy downpours, as well.

Thumbnail courtesy of Kyle Brittain.

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