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Tornado watch issued for Saskatchewan


10:26 AM CST Thursday 18 July 2019 Tornado watch in effect for:

  • City of Saskatoon

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms which may produce tornadoes.

A very strong upper-level jet will move into west-central Saskatchewan from Alberta early this afternoon. As it does so, thunderstorms are expected to develop. Some of these thunderstorms will be severe. Conditions in the lower levels of the atmosphere are such that tornadoes are possible with the stronger storms. As such, a tornado watch has been issued for this area. In addition, large hail and damaging winds are likely with any of the stronger thunderstorms.

The threat of severe weather will end early this evening in west-central Saskatchewan.

Be prepared for severe weather. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches.

In the event of a tornado, or if a tornado warning is issued for your area, it is recommended you take the following actions: Go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell or interior closet. Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelter, and move to a strong building if you can. As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

Tornado watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce tornadoes.

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