Gusty Winds, Waterspouts Reported in Sask. and Manitoba

The wind gusts in Saskatoon, according to Environment Canada’s weather summary, was 85 km/h on Thursday. It was what meteorologists describe as a straight line wind, or plough wind.

While many properties are sporting various forms of debris today, there was serious damage when the roof blew off a business on Packham Avenue, in Saskatoon Thursday evening. Wind damage was reported in Saskatoon, Warman, Vanscoy and Pike Lake.

The only other communities which came close to or had wind gusts greater than 80 km/h were Kindersley, Watrous and North Battleford.

The peak wind gust, with the data gathered at this point, was 87 kilometres per hour in Humboldt. Central Saskatchewan was riddled with thunderstorm and tornado warnings and watches yesterday afternoon as a weather system moved in from Alberta.

Environment Canada has confirmed a weak tornado on the Red Pheasant First Nation at 4:45 p.m. with no damage reported and wind speed between 90 and 130 kilometres per hour.

Spiritwood appears to have gotten the most rain at 30 millimetres, Humboldt at 23 millimetres of rain and Nipawin had 20.

There was golf ball sized hail reported at Radisson and Tuffnell, quarter sized hail at Blaine Lake and North of Borden.

In Manitoba, some nasty weather hit parts of the province last night, including the Dauphin area.

Two waterspouts were seen on Dauphin Lake, and a tornado touched down near Camper, 170 km northwest of Winnipeg.

A funnel cloud was sighted around St-Pierre-Jolys, south of Winnipeg.

(With files from CJWW)

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