Officials have issued a tornado warning for residents of the Olds region.

The warning, issued at 6:30 pm on Thursday applied to the following areas:

  • Mountain View County, near Olds and Didsburty
  • Kneehill County near Torrington and Wimborne
  • Red Deer County near Penhold, Innisfail and Bowden – and Pine Lake

All of the tornado warnings were upgraded from severe thunderstorm warnings.

By 7:20, tornado warnings were also in effect for the following regions:

  • Kneehill County near Trochu and Dry Island Buffalo Jump – and Three Hills
  • Rocky View County near Chestermere, Dalroy and Dalemead
  • Wheatland County near Strathmore, Lyalta and Carseland – and near Standard and Gleichen

Residents are advised to keep an eye on conditions in the area, and take immediate safety precautions should threatening weather approach.

Ongoing severe weather updates can be found on Environment Canada’s website.