Tornadoes touch down in Saskatchewan
Three twisters touched down in Saskatchewan and some farmers were hammered by hail in another day of wild weather on the Prairies.
One of the tornadoes left a trail of damage at a local farm near Davidson, located about 100 kilometres southeast of Saskatoon.
Lawrence Beckie said he was relieved when the 30 minutes of rain, wind and hail had finally stopped.
When it finally passed, Beckie went out to evaluate the damage — 50-year-old trees were snapped in half, a grain bin worth $15,000 was turned on its side and windows were shattered.
The farm was also hit hard during last week's storms, said his wife Marg Beckie.
"We just finished cleaning up from last week," she said. "My husband actually finished this morning. And we were without power for a couple of days. But it's part of Saskatchewan."
The tornado has left them without power again, and there is no word on when it will be back on.
The Beckies have called on family members to help clean up the recent mess and said they remain optimistic, despite the damage.
The Storm Chaser
Environment Canada also confirmed two other tornadoes touched down southwest of Wynyard and southwest of Watrous. No one was hurt and there was no serious damage.
Intense thunderstorm activity was also reported about 25 kilometres south of Outlook, Sask., on Tuesday afternoon.
The storm was moving quickly in a northeasterly direction at a speed of about 80 km/h.
The storms had the potential to produce a tornado, along with hail, damaging winds and torrential rain.
Greg Johnston is a storm chaser who said he saw a couple of tornadoes near Lake Diefenbaker at about 4:45 p.m.
"We caught on video two tornadoes that touched down," said Johnston.
"As well as a few different funnels. We were at real close range. Probably about a hundred yards away when the tornado actually touched down. So, it was a little bit of a tense situation."
Several towns around the province were reporting hail, including Bienfait, Rosthern, Kelvington and Perigord.
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