Wild weekend weather by the numbers: Some incredible meteorological statistics from Saturday's storms across the country
Sunday, July 6, 2014, 9:17 PM -
From tornadoes to a post- tropical storm, it was a wild weekend weather-wise across the country.
TORNADOES, BASEBALL-SIZED HAIL, AND DAMAGES
We begin with the Prairies, where heavy downpours, extremely large hail and multiple tornadoes were reported Saturday.
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Bearing the brunt of the storm was south central and south eastern Saskatchewan. In a preliminary report, Environment Canada says at least three communities saw tornadoes. One farmer in Outlook says he lost two farm buildings as a result of a tornado there. In Kenaston, two eyewitnesses said they watched a tornado move toward the community, but say it missed the town and went through a cemetery.
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SaskPower has tweeted that tornadoes caused outages at outages at Davidson, Hanley, Kenaston, Rosedale and surrounding areas.
Environment Canada provided the following timeline of the storm in a preliminary report Sunday:
|12:50 PM||Perdue||40 mm rain in 20 minutes|
|2:11 PM||6 km north of Outlook||Funnel cloud|
|2:35 PM||8 km north of Outlook||Tornado|
|3:00 PM||Regina Beach||Funnel cloud|
|3:10 PM||3 km southwest of Kenaston||Tornado|
|3:37 PM||15 km southeast of Kenaston||Tornado|
|4:15 PM||Imperial||Baseball size hail|
|4:15 PM||Imperial||Heavy rain, tree damage|
|4:19 PM||Last Mountain Lake||Nickel size hail|
|4:45 PM||Govan||Quarter size hail|
|4:55 PM||6 km northwest of Fort Qu'Appelle||Quarter size hail|
|5:26 PM||3 km northeast of Lorlie||Baseball size hail|
|5:49 PM||Neudorf||Tennis/golf ball size hail|
|6:00 PM||Ituna||Quarter size hail|
|6:34 PM||Whitewood||Near loonie size hail|
The storms then pushed into southwestern Manitoba Saturday night, adding insult to injury in a region that is in the midst of a major flood emergency after last week's torrential downpours.
Manitoba premier Greg Selinger said the breach would only be made as a last resort, and the military and volunteers are filling 125,000 sandbags a day to protect around 350 rural homes.
Our team of reporters are in the field providing regular updates as events unfold.
ARTHUR LASHES THE MARITIMES
Remnants of what was once hurricane Arthur are moving across Newfoundland, but all storm warnings in Atlantic Canada have been lifted.
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The first Atlantic hurricane of 2014 had been downgraded to a post-tropical storm by the time it made landfall on the Maritimes Saturday morning, but it still made for a powerful impact.
Highest winds at the end of its hurricane status were about 120 km/h and during the hours after it was declared post-tropical the highest winds were still around 110 km/h, according to a final statement by the Canadian Hurricane Centre.
The official status of Arhur at landfall was a near hurricane-strength post-tropical storm with maximum winds of 60 knots (110km/h). The landfall location of the centre was in the vicinity of Port Maitland/Metaghan in western Nova Scotia. The central pressure at landfall was 980 millibars.
|LOCATION||TOP GUSTS (KM/H)|
|Brier Island, NS||128|
|Five Islands, NS||127|
The Gaspe region of Quebec and the Magdalen Islands were impacted with high winds as well, with gusts up to 100 km/h.
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While the strongest winds were in Nova Scotia, it was New Brunswick that bore the brunt of the the system's rainfall.
Torrential downpours caused localized flooding in many communities, with some areas seeing more than 100 mm in just a few hours.
|LOCATION (all New Brunswick)||TOTAL RAINFALL TOTALS (TOP 10)|
|St. Stephen||143 mm|
|Keswick River||120 mm|
|Bas Caraquet||107 mm|
At the height of the storm, more than a quarter-million people were without power. Officials say some may have to wait days to be reconnected.
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