The weather just took a severe turn for the worse as communities to the north of Calgary are facing some serious weather alerts from Environment Canada.

The region of Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds, and Sundre have been hit with both a tornado and a severe thunderstorm watch, warning residents that the development of thunderstorms could create tornados in the area.

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“This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation,” the Environment Canada release, which was issued at 2:22 pm Friday, read.

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

It is recommended that in the event of a tornado, or even just a tornado warning, that residents go to a room on the lowest floor of their building/house, and away from outside walls or windows.

Basements, bathrooms, stairwells, or interior closets are suitable options for taking shelter, and anyone residing in mobile homes, vehicles, or tents are urged to move to a stronger building if possible.

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Areas of Alberta under Environment Canada watches (Environment Canada)

“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,” the release states.

Tornado watches are also in place for Alberta regions including Drayton Valley, Leduc, and Red Deer.

Severe thunderstorm watches have been issued for the City of Edmonton, Drumheller, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, Lloydminster, Rocky Mountain House, and Spruce Grove.

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