A large funnel cloud moving through the Ponoka area caused a lot of nervous moments late Thursday afternoon.
Environment Canada had issued a tornado warning, though it was later downgraded to a severe thunderstorm warning.
Rob, who was with his family at the Ponoka Stampede, says he noticed the dangerous looking clouds coming in, as his family was on a ride at the time.
“My children were pretty frightened, but they were extremely brave, so we were really proud of them and tried to keep them calm. Once we got into the car and started heading towards Edmonton then we definitely felt much more relieved. It’s the first time we’ve had that close an encounter.”
Ponoka resident Ryan Boartman called the 630 CHED Afternoon News to describe what he had experienced.
“That funnel cloud that was on the north end of town, it just appeared to touch down briefly enough to rip the roof off of our neighbour’s house. It lifted up and we could see in the attic so we had to put a tarp on it.”
There are reports of other homes being damaged as well.
The storm had been located right over Ponoka, and was moving slowly to the north, northeast, keeping everyone on edge until it finally dissipated. (rk/td)