Calgary residents took shelter in basements across the southwest quadrant of the city after a tornado warning was issued Wednesday afternoon.
“This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation,” said the Environment Canada website. “Take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.”
Environment Canada called off the tornado warning for the city shortly after 2 p.m. MST, but a tornado watch remains in effect for a large swath of area southeast of the city, including Bassano, Chestermere, Vulcan and Strathmore.
The storm hovered over the city’s southwest area, at times threatening the neighbourhoods of Cedarbrae, Bridlewood, Woodlands, Lake Bonavista, Canyon Meadows and Shawnessy, among others.
Residents were advised to stay indoors, citing the possibility of golf ball-sized hail outside.
Many photos of the cloud were posted to social media, and some videos posted to Twitter showed the ominous cloud hanging in the sky over Calgary:
— meghan prevost (@megsprevost) July 22, 2015
Current scene in CalgaryJuly 22, 2015
This is scary.July 22, 2015
The storm also produced massive hail:
The storm was moving on a southeast track, according to radar:
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi also warned residents to take precautions:
Tornado warning for SW Calgary. Exercise extreme caution and take shelter as soon as possible. http://t.co/RZtw1QPkBj— Naheed Nenshi (@nenshi) July 22, 2015
By 2:30 p.m., blue skies could be seen over Calgary again:
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