Friday, October 25th 2019, 5:45 pm - Terrifying shots from Alberta amid vicious winds
Winds gusting as high as 172 km/h raked across Alberta on Friday afternoon, causing widespread damage and sending a pair of workers on one downtown Edmonton building on a terrifying ride.
Two window washers had to be rescued from outside the Stantec Tower after their carriage malfunctioned, whipping the pair back and forth above the street, shattering windows as it crashed into the building several times, and leaving one of the workers dangling from his safety harness.
Scary situation at the Stantec Tower this afternoon. Wind blew window-cleaning crew and their full set up, shattering windows and heaving one nan hanging in a harness. Edmonton Fire rescued 2 workers. #yegdtKalen on Twitter
yeg #windwarning Rescue underway at Stantec Tower. Where's Spider-Man when you need him? Well done @EdmontonFire! Stay safe out there everyone! #yegdt @edmontonpolice https://t.co/avtoaAB8x7Benjamoan Fearland (aka Ben Freeland) on Twitter
Thank you @EdmontonFire for being the quiet heroes who keep us safe. Your skill and composure were on full display rescuing a window washing crew this afternoon. #stantectower #yeg #yegdtAyesha Moughel on Twitter
yeg #windwarning window washing crew is struggling to stabilize the scaffold and breaking some windows. @ctvedmonton @GlobalEdmonton https://t.co/dkyNW6pbkdSaber Hammami on Twitter
Thank goodness for safety harness!Kristine on Twitter
No one was injured in the incident, which took place just before 1 p.m., local time. Edmonton International Airport, south of the city, reported a gust of 80 km/h Friday afternoon. Stations closer to the city centre have reported numerous gusts near 50 km/h.
The strongest winds tore across southern Alberta, closer to the foothills, toppling high-profile vehicles and spurring multiple grass fires near High River.
WATCH BELOW: BATTLING FAST-MOVING GRASS FIRES IN ALBERTA
Photo from Orville Morrison: Gusts in excess of 170km/h on Hwy 22! #abstormKyle Brittain on Twitter
Came hm to what felt like hurricane winds! Smashed & broken lawn furniture, broken fences & this storage box which weighs 60+lbs. It had to have blown out from the lower patio & UP THE HILL! Baton down the hatches!! @CTVdavidspence #ShareYourWeather #wind #abstorm #priddis #yyc https://t.co/2pa1tNCH4AWendy on Twitter
Fortis Alberta reported numerous power outages across the southern part of the province.
Anyone missing their hot tub cover? It flew away and thankfully landed on another roof and not on someone. #yyc #abstormIva Kezic on Twitter
Well the wind that was forecast hit with vengeance. #abstorm #abwindJohn Muckler's Spectacles on Twitter