Canada is no stranger to wild weather. The country sees all types of weather conditions, and sometimes, it can be dangerous. This week, several provinces were at risk of tornados, including Ontario and Alberta. Now yet another province has joined that list. Earlier this Thursday evening, Environment Canada issued a tornado warning in Saskatchewan.
The tornado is said to be dangerous and potentially life-threatening and Environment Canada is now advising residents to take appropriate precautions to stay safe.
"At 5:09 p.m. CST, 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," reads the warning.
According to Environment Canada, the potential tornado is "located roughly 10 km east of Fox Valley and is tracking to the east-northeast at 30 km/h."
The tornado warning is effective for the following regions in Saskatchewan:
- R.M. of Fox Valley including Fox Valley
- R.M. of Pittville including Hazlet
- R.M. of Big Stick including Golden Prairie
- R.M. of Piapot including Piapot
This tornado is not to be taken lightly. "This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation," warns Environment Canada. "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."
Environment Canada is now warning people in the affected areas to do the following: "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."
There is also a severe thunderstorm warning for several regions in southern Saskatchewan. The "dangerous" thunderstorms are forecasted to produce strong, damaging winds, hail that will be as large as a toonie, and significant rainfall, according to Environment Canada.
They are warning that the weather conditions could cause injuries or property damage.