A tornado watch is in place for the Cochrane area and sections of Rocky View and Mountainview County.

Currently, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm that is possibly producing a tornado. Damaging winds, large hail, and locally intense rainfall are also possible.

Areas the watch is in place include:

  • Mountain View Co. near Carstairs and Stirlingville
  • Mountain View Co. near Cremona and Water Valley
  • Mountain View Co. near Olds and Didsbury
  • Mountain View Co. near Sundre
  • Rocky View Co. near Airdrie and Crossfield
  • Rocky View Co. near Bottrel and Madden
  • Rocky View Co. near Cochrane

This thunderstorm is located near Shantz and is slowly moving east. Environment Canada says the thunderstorm has produced a tornado.

Environment Canada calls it a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. 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.

Thunderstorms are expected over much of southern and central Alberta today. Some of these thunderstorms will become severe.