People living in areas west and southwest of Edmonton were being advised to “take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches” on Wednesday afternoon as Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning and several watches because of a storm system moving through.“At 3:37 p.m., Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel-size hail and heavy rain,” the weather agency said on its website.At around 4 p.m., the severe thunderstorm was reportedly located near Winfield and moving northeast at a speed of 30 km/h.A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Drayton Valley, Devon, Rimbey and Pigeon Lake while a number of other areas were put under a severe thunderstorm watch.At around 4:30 p.m., Slave Lake, Spruce Grove, Morinville, Mayerthorpe, Evansburg, Whitecourt, Edson, Fox Creek, and Swan Hills were also put under a warning.To view a complete and updated list of areas under a watch or warning, click here.Severe t-storm warning for cell 15km west of Swan Hills. Movinhg N at 30km/h. Threats: damaging wind, rain & hail. pic.twitter.com/lMPqTi7NUX Story continues below
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— Jesse Beyer (@jessebeyerWX) May 31, 2017Environment Canada said severe thunderstorms are capable of producing tornadoes and warned the public the severe weather could also produce large hail, destructive wind gusts and “torrential rainfall.”To report severe weather, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet reports using #ABStorm.Want your weather on the go? Download the Global News Skytracker weather app for ISO and Android.The warning and watches come as Edmonton hit the 30 C mark for the first time in 2017.The last time Edmonton’s temperatures hit 30 C or more was on May 3, 2016.We did it… we hit 30° today. Clouds and t-showers moving into the #yeg area from the SW. #yegwx #abstorm pic.twitter.com/MqSEOilCkh— Jesse Beyer (@jessebeyerWX) May 31, 2017
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