Wind warnings issued for southern Alberta Wednesday


Wind warnings were issued for much of southern Alberta on Wednesday with guests of 90 to 140 kilometres an hour expected.

The warning, issued by Environment Canada at around 8 a.m., included the following areas:

  • Brooks;
  • Strathmore;
  • Vulcan;
  • Cardston;
  • Fort Macleod;
  • Magrath;
  • Crowsnest Pass;
  • Pincher Creek;
  • Waterton Lakes Nat. Park;
  • Cypress Hills Provincial Park;
  • Foremost;
  • Hanna;
  • Coronation;
  • Oyen;
  • Kananaskis;
  • Canmore;
  • Lethbridge;
  • Taber;
  • Milk River;
  • Medicine Hat;
  • Bow Island;
  • Suffield;
  • Okotoks;
  • High River; and
  • Claresholm.

“Damaging westerly wind gusts approaching 140 km/h are occurring along the foothills. Further east, to the Saskatchewan border, wind gusts of 90 to 110 km/h are expected,” Environment Canada said in the alert.

The national weather agency warned the wind could cause damage to buildings, down trees or toss loose objects.

“Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds. Drivers may lose control of their vehicles; tall vehicles are at risk of being overturned.”

Winds are expected to weaken by Wednesday eveningahead of agusty Thursday.

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