A rancher in the Lloydminster area survived a tornado Sunday night that completely destroyed his farm and home.
RCMP said the tornado touched down on a farm outside of Marwayne, Alberta. The rural community is about 35 kilometres northwest of Lloydminster near the Saskatchewan boundary. Police say no one was injured and no other areas have reported damage.
Corporal Sandy Pettigrew of the RCMP in nearby Kitscoty says it's incredible the rancher, who is in his late 60s, wasn't hurt. "The owner of the property, Hasket Tupper, saw it coming, got into his basement. He lived there by himself," Pettigrew says. "The tornado went through the farm site and picked up all his equipment, picked up his house and took it away. It's total destruction."
The tornado touched down about 5:40 p.m., triggering a tornado warning for the region.
Just over a week ago, a tornado killed 11 people near Pine Lake, Alberta, at a popular campground.
Environment Canada has been forecasting severe weather warnings for northern Alberta for more than a week.