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Alert issued as tornado touches down in Cypress County


A tornado alert was issued for Cypress County on Monday afternoon after a twister touched down in that part of southeastern Alberta.

According Alberta Emergency Alert, a tornado touched down in the area of Highway 523 and Highway 1 at approximately 1:50 p.m. and has caused damage to homes and vehicles in the area.

Residents are asked to pay attention to funnel clouds and take precautions as required.

“Be prepared to seek shelter off the road if you are on the highway and cannot avoid the storm. Seek shelter in a ditch or ravine if a tornado approaches,” Alberta Emergency Alert wrote.

“Seek shelter in a basement or reinforced structure.”

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for the area. Environment Canada said its meteorologists were tracking a dangerous thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to golf ball size hail and heavy rain.

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Just before 2 p.m., the weather agency said the severe thunderstorm was located northeast of Medicine Hat and moving northeast at 50 km/h.

— This is a breaking news story. More to come…

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