Alberta is experiencing its busiest tornado season since 1989.
The province has seen 22 “confirmed or probable” twisters rip through, according to Environment Canada. The yearly average has been 15 in years past.
Kyle Fougère, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada, told Global News that tornadoes have caused a lot of devastation at campgrounds this season.
He said campers should have an emergency plan this time of year.
“Try to get to the nearest sound structure and find an interior room in that building,” said Fougère.
He said drivers should also get out of their cars if they come across a twister.
“If they find themselves in a situation where the tornado is very close to them, they should just get out, park the car and find a low-laying area such as a ditch,” said Fougère.
Here is a list of the dates and places tornadoes have hit Alberta this year, courtesy of the Weather Network:
- April 24, seven kilometres north of Peers
- June 13, 15 kilometres southwest of Strathmore
- June 14, 15 kilometres southwest of Medicine Hat
- June 23, five kilometres north of Fort Macleod
- June 25, two kilometres south of Sexsmith
- June 26, five kilometres north of Millet1
- June 28, Newbrook
- June 28, 23 kilometres south of Hylo
- June 28, 20 kilometres east of Lac la Biche
- June 28, Siebert Lake
- June 28, six kilometres northwest of Wolf Lake
- June 28, 15 kilometres southwest of Smith
- June 28, Cold Lake
- June 29, 20 kilometres southwest of Grovedale,
- July 7, 18 kilometres west of Lomond
- July 8, 63 kilometres northeast of Grande Cache
- July 14, four kilometres northeast of Crossfield
- July 16, nine kilometres north of Oyen
- July 18, 15 kilometres east of Carmangay
- July 24, Smoky Lake
- July 24, Hanmore Lake
- July 31, 12 kilometres southwest of Sylvan Lake