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Wicked storms produce several tornadoes in Alberta, cause damage in Sask.

Thursday, July 9th 2020, 1:12 pm - Environment Canada has confirmed three additional tornadoes from the July 7 storms in Alberta, bringing the total to four so far.

Powerful storms roared through Prairie skies Tuesday, resulting in several reports of damage and four confirmed tornadoes in Alberta.

Environment Canada has now confirmed three more twisters from the storms – east of Keoma at 5:07, west of Acme at 5:45 and west of Trochu at 7 p.m. local time. The initial tornado that was verified occurred near Brooks at around 8:05 p.m., with estimated winds of 105-137 km/h.

There has been no reports of damage from any of the tornadoes and all of them have been given preliminary ratings of EF-0.

Alberta tornado summary

"Several other funnel cloud reports were received over a large area of central Alberta during the evening hours of July 7. Environment Canada meteorologists are seeking pictures of the tornadoes and funnel clouds and any damage they may have caused," the agency says.

The four twisters bring Alberta's total to eight so far this year, with the latest resulting from a series of severe storms sparked by a low-pressure system that moved into the southern Prairies from Montana.

Those storms also impacted neighbouring Saskatchewan. There are no injuries reported, but torrential downpours caused some localized flooding in Swift Current.

The village of Hazenmore was also hit, with powerful winds toppling trees onto roads, fences and power lines, causing several power outages.

Those storms moved into Manitoba overnight, and Wednesday features some storm risk there, as well as some severe potential in neighbouring northwestern Ontario.

Photos below courtesy Kyle Hetherington in Hazenmore, Sask.

Downed tree sask

Downed trees sask Kyle Hetherington

Toppled silos saskatchewan Kyle Hetherington

Tree on fence Kyle Hetherington


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