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Alberta, Jun 14 (Canadian-Media): Calgary and the surrounding areas in Alberta were hit on by severe thunderstorms, intense hail and flooding when one tornado touched down in southeast Alberta on Saturday evening, media reports said.
Thunderstorm. Image credit: Pixaby
Severe thunderstorm warnings were in place for Calgary and the surrounding areas on 13th evening.
An emergency alert warned of a tarnado south of Brooks, moving north at 60 km/h; and another had been spotted near Taber, Barnwell and New Dayton.
Tornado warnings for the region ended at around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.
"This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation....If you hear a roaring sound or see a funnel cloud, swirling debris near the ground, flying debris, or any threatening weather approaching, take shelter immediately," an Environment Canada warning had said.
Torrential rain and intense hail hit the city Calgary flooding many roads most in northeast Calgary and damaging homes and cars.
Environment Canada said its meteorologists were tracking a cluster of severe thunderstorms at 6:47 p.m., stretching from Calgary to High River and moving north at 60 km/h.
"It's hard to prepare for something like this.… We call it explosive development," Lang said, adding that 48.7 millimetres of rain fell between 7 and 8 p.m.
Stranded motorists on Deerfoot Trail were rescued by fire department's boat, fire department said on social media.
Trains and multiple bus routes in the northeast were suspended as well, as many roads were impassible for much of the evening.
The city was experiencing a high number of 911 was calls.
Outages due to the storm knocked out power to more than 10,000 people in north Calgary, said Enmax's website but the majority of the outages were resolved as of 9 p.m.