Tornado touches down near Killam, AB

Environment Canada has confirmed a tornado touched down near Killam Sunday afternoon, about 165 kilometres south east of Edmonton.

A massive storm cell blew through the region just after 4 p.m. packing a punch with toonie sized hail.

Environment Canada received reports of minor damage in the area, including to a farm yard.

No injuries were reported.

Storm chasers following the ominous looking clouds spotted the tornado south east of Killam around 4:15 p.m.

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“I could just see it kicking up dirt for sure,” Nevin deMilliano said. “I could see a few loose objects too. It was so small at the base that it was really just impacting a small area.”

He said the tornado lasted less than five minutes.

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Environment Canada issued a tornado warning for Flagstaff County at 4:24 p.m. including Alliance, Bellshill Lake, Lougheed and Hardisty.

The warning was dropped at 4:46 p.m.

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“In Alberta, in July, this is our storm season,” deMilliano said. “It is more common than people think, but you have to go to rural places to even see them and a lot of the times they go unreported because there’s no one out there.”

As of 8:30 p.m. Sunday night, a severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for the region extending to Lloydminster, Wainwright, Provost and Vermilion.


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