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Strong Winds and Rain Hit West Central Saskatchewan

Most of the province was under a severe thunderstorm watch on Saturday as Environment Canada tracked a large thunderstorm near the Alberta and Saskatchewan border. By Saturday evening Environment Canada issued a severe storm warning for the Kindersley area.

Strong winds on Saturday evening kicked up a massive wall of dust. Burst winds also downed power lines in Eatonia and in Laporte tossed a pile of culverts about 6 blocks across the highway into surrounding fields.

Both Eatonia and Laporte saw wind damage as strong winds snapped wooden play structures, tossed mail boxes and heavy wooden benches and broke trees. The new windmill at the Eatonia Heritage Park was also damaged. Siding was ripped off the grain elevator at Laporte, while power poles were snapped and grain bins were crushed by the winds, some blowing a few kilometres in the wind.

 

According to Environment Canada, winds peaked at 93 kilometres before midnight on Saturday, June 9th.

Feature Image: Twitter/Jenny Hagan, Lost in SK