Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Edmonton area, which includes the risk of tornadoes.

The storm could also bring with it large hail, heavy rain and damaging winds, the weather website warns.

The watch covers much of Central Alberta, including Edmonton, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Leduc, Fort Saskatchewan, Spruce Grove, Drayton Valley, Mayerthorpe, White Court and Rocky Mountain House.

The thunderstorms are forecast to form near the foothills early this afternoon before tracking northeast to the Capital region.

Related on HuffPost:

Loading Slideshow...
  • The Alberta Red Cross recommends you keep the following items on hand in case of a weather emergency...

  • A Whistle

  • Sleeping Bag

  • Extra Blankets

  • Canned Food

    canned tuna

  • Bottles Of Water

    At least one litre per person per 72 hours.

  • A Change Of Clothes

  • An Extra Pair Of Shoes

  • An Extra Set Of Car Keys

  • Extra Cash

    Don't rely on debit and credit cards. An emergency situation may render then useless.

  • Portable Radio

  • A Flashlight

  • Extra Batteries

    For flashlight AND radio

  • Driver's License And Personal Documents

  • First Aid Kit

  • Manual Can Opener

  • Medications And Prescriptions

  • Toilet Paper

  • Other Personal Items

    Like razors, feminine hygiene products, etc...