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Tornadoes confirmed in each Prairie province from Thursday storms

Friday, July 19th 2019, 7:13 pm - Environment Canada issued their reports Friday.

It's been a stormy week across the Prairies, with each province in turn being the target of severe thunderstorms.

The Prairies are the most tornado-prone part of Canada, and Thursday's storms alone produced either confirmed or possible tornadoes in all three provinces, according to Environment Canada.

The most dramatic of the bunch was a twister near Carmangay, Alta., rated EF-1 with winds in the 138–177 km/h range. Environment Canada says the tornado, which happened around 5:20 p.m., destroyed a garage/shop, tossed a bale stacker some 200 metres, and sent a large tree branch right through the fall of a house.

No injuries were reported, but a dog was swept away by the twister. She returned unharmed, and several other animals were rescued in the aftermath of the tornado:

Environment Canada was more circumspect about the twisters it reported in the other two Prairie provinces from Thursday's storms.

The service confirmed a water spout on Manitoba's Dauphin Lake, rated EF-0 with winds in the 90-130 km/h range, but only referred to a "possible" tornado around 8 km west of Camper, Man. Neither produced any damage.

In Saskatchewan, the agency gave another "possible" tornado near Red Pheasant First Nation an EF-0 rating. No damage was reported from this twister either.

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