Alberta Got Hit By A Tornado Yesterday & The Videos Look Apocalyptic

There was also hail as big as hen eggs!

Damage caused by the tornado near Sundre.

Damage caused by the tornado near Sundre.

Courtesy of Alberta RCMP

As if Alberta's weather couldn't get any more unpredictable, the province was hit with severe storms that included a tornado that caused damage to at least five houses.

In a summary, Environment Canada said severe thunderstorms had developed over central and southern Alberta over the afternoon and evening of July 7.

Multiple reports were made of "one or more tornadoes, large hail, strong wind gusts and localized flooding," it said.

A "funnel cloud/tornado" was first reported near Bergen, a town just outside of Sundre, around 2:32 p.m. before heading east toward Shantz, where it was last reported around 40 minutes later.

Alberta RCMP said five houses had been damaged by the tornado, one of which was "completely levelled." However, there were no fatalities or major injuries reported.

One Twitter user shared a clip that showed the winds picking up pace and clouds darkening and swirling over a field in Sundre in a scene that looks like it could be from a movie.

As well as tornadoes, a lot of the province received severe storms and huge hail. Environment Canada said some of the hail seen around the Jumping Pound area, just west of Calgary, was around five centimetres in diameter — around the size of a hen's egg.

In Calgary, the hail was around the size of the loonie (2.7 centimetres), and people were quick to share videos mocking the weather.

"This is Canada in July," one person joked in a video.

Another showed just how aggressive the hail was around Calgary as it fell. The city also saw wind gusts peak at around 104 km/h.

Luckily, the forecast seems to be clearing up in time for the Calgary Stampede.

Charlie Hart
Charlie Hart was a Travel Creator for Narcity Media focused on Canadian and global travel and is based in Calgary, Alberta.