Severe weather swept through the Parkland Region, report of localized flooding in Melville

Rain, hail and strong winds were witnessed during a bout of severe weather that rolled through parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Environment Canada meteorologist Terri Lang notes there was no tornadic activity in southeast Saskatchewan and western Manitoba.

“We did have widespread damage in and around southeastern Saskatchewan and then of course it went over the border into Manitoba, and based on radar, reports, it does look to be straight-line winds.” Lang reported.

She says there was one tornado reported near the community of Laporte on the west side of the province.

Plenty of hail was reported during the storms, and Lang says there was localized flooding in and around Melville.

“We did see some reports on social media about localized flooding there, and that wasn’t even from that storm, it was from another storm that formed behind the initial line of thunderstorms,” she said. “Quite an active night overall.”

Lang also noted the storms seemed to miss all of Environment Canada’s weather stations, so it is difficult to gauge how much rain fell at the moment. However, they have seen reports of localized flooding in other areas.

“It tends to be more evident in towns and cities where there is so much pavement that there is no place for the rain to go.” she added.

The storm also resulted in power outages in areas including Wapella, Whitewood, and Kipling. Crews continue to work on repairs southwest of Wapella and power is expected to be back on in that area by 5 p.m. today.

A map of power outages in Saskatchewan can be found here.

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