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UPDATE: Severe thunderstorm warning in effect for parts of County

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UPDATE #3: A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for the County of Grande Prairie near Sexsmith and La Glace. A watch is in effect for much of the rest of the county and MD of Greenview.

UPDATE #2: The severe thunderstorm warning for the County of Grande Prairie near Grande Prairie and Wembley has ended.

UPDATE: The severe thunderstorm watch has been upgraded to a warning for the County of Grande Prairie near Grande Prairie and Wembley and the Municipal District of Greenview near O’Brien Provincial Park and Big Mountain Creek. Environment Canada says that as of 5:15 p.m., meteorologists are tracking a cluster of severe thunderstorms capable of producing very strong wind gusts, nickel to ping pong ball size hail, and heavy rain.

These thunderstorms are located just south of Grande Prairie and are moving toward the east at 40 kilometres per hour.”

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Once again, the Grande Prairie – Beaverlodge – Valleyview area is under a severe thunderstorm watch, along with Peace River – Fairview – High Prairie – Manning.

Environment Canada says conditions are favourable Monday afternoon for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

“Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles.”

In the City of Grande Prairie, the forecast is calling for a mix of sun and cloud with 60 per cent chance of showers and risk of a severe thunderstorm.

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