Wind whips through southern Alberta
Published Monday, September 10, 2012 2:07PM MDT
Last Updated Monday, September 10, 2012 5:34PM MDT
Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for several parts of southern Alberta and says gusts could reach 90 km/hr.
The warning is for the City of Calgary, Okotoks, High River, Claresholm, Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds, Sundre, Drumheller, Three Hills, Brooks, Strathmore and Vulcan.
The warning was extended to include Hanna, Coronation, Oyen, Medicine Hat, Bow Island and Suffield at about 2:15 p.m. and was extended again about 3:00 to include the Rocky Mountain House and Lethbridge areas.
The weather agency says residents in these areas can expect wind gusts between 60 and 90 km/hr on Monday afternoon.
Calgary fire crews are busy and are responding to over 60 calls related to the wind storm.
Crews are dealing with downed trees on power lines and on vehicles and roadways.
One person was injured and transported by EMS after they were hit by flying debris. The extent of their injuries is not known at this time.
The fire department is reminding people to secure backyard furniture and toys and to disconnect barbeque gas lines.
Environment Canada says that the winds will die down in the evening as a cold front moves in.
For the latest information, visit the Environment Canada website.