Storm causes funnel clouds, downed trees near Tofield
Posted: Jul 30, 2012 9:25 PM MT
Last Updated: Jul 30, 2012 11:44 PM MT
Funnel clouds were reported near Tofield, east of Edmonton, as thunderstorms passed through the area Monday night.
The storms prompted Environment Canada to issue a number of tornado warnings for areas south of Red Deer, and then east of Edmonton as the weather system headed north, but the warnings were later lifted.
CBC Reporter Paul Moore reported heavy rain as he travelled to Tofield Monday evening. There were also reports of trees down in the area.A tree fell on Randy Korpak's house in Tofield during the storm on Monday night. (Paul Moore/CBC News)
A tree fell on Dexter King's front yard in Tofield where it landed on his pick-up truck. Fortunately, it fell away from his house.
"I still can't believe it," he said. "It's amazing. Look at the roots. It like picked it up and just tore it right out."
King said the wind blowing through Tofield sounded like a train.
"The rain was unreal and the wind just wicked. Wicked rain," King said. "I'd never seen nothing like it before. I've been here 15 years."
A tree landed right on Randy Korpak's house.Neil Karcher took this photo of a funnel cloud over Tofield Monday night. (Courtesy of Neil Karcher )
"We could see the wind picking up so I came out to check on it and it was just waving back and forth. I was only out here for a few seconds and you could hear it start to crack," he said.
"So then I just ran back in the house and just yelled, 'Get out of the living room.' .... And as I was yelling that, it just came down, you just heard a boom and it was down."
He says the whole family waited out the rest of the storm in the basement and didn't come out until half an hour later to survey the damage. The roof appeared to be undamaged.
A number of businesses contacted by CBC News say the area was hit by high winds, rain and some hail.
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