Monday, July 1st 2019, 6:48 pm - Those storms damaged several campers and injured three people.
Environment Canada has confirmed at least two tornadoes from the thunderstorms that struck a provincial park in northern Saskatchewan Saturday, damaging several camping vehicles.
That storm moved through the Murray Doell Campground area within Meadow Lake provincial park, not far from the border with Albert, on Saturday evening, and Environment Canada says it produced two twisters, one on a northern track, one on a southern.
The first, some 15 km northwest of the community of Goodsoil, resulted in several trailers damaged by fallen trees, one trailer rolled, and several small structures rolled or damaged, among other damages. The weather agency says that storm was an EF1 tornado, with winds up to 175 km/h.
A second tornado, rated EF0 with winds up to 130 km/h, took a more southerly track, with tree damage reported.
Environment Canada says it is continuing to investigate.
CBC News reported at least three people were hurt in the storm, though all received non-severe injuries. At one point, Alberta's STARS air ambulance service was dispatched to the area.
The storm forced the evacuation of a nearby subdivision, and the campground itself was declared an emergency zone, with all campers having to leave.
"It's pretty chaotic," one camper, Genia Aasen, told CBC. "That campground, it's gone. The campground is totally gone and it's going to take a long time to clear out those trees."
Severe weather has continued for parts of the region Monday, with at least one storm in southwestern Saskatchewan triggering a tornado warning briefly in the early afternoon.