After fierce winds, power still out in some areas

Power was out in various Saskatchewan communities Thursday morning following a night of fierce winds.

Too windy for many big wind turbines

There were strong wind guts all over Saskatchewan on Wednesday, with Saskatoon and Yorkton hitting 115 km/h and 117 km/h respectively. (CBC)

Power was out in various Saskatchewan communities Thursday morning following a night of fierce winds.

Crews got the lights back on in many areas, but power went out in the Lajord area around 3:30 a.m. CST.

SaskPower said repair crews were on the way.

Workers had to call off their repair work north of Prince Albert because it was just too dangerous last night.

Rural areas near P.A. in dark

Crews will be back at it again Thursday morning. In the predawn hours, the power was still out in a number of rural areas around Prince Albert, and up toward Emma Lake.

This semi truck rolled amid strong winds in Saskatoon. (David Shield/CBC)

As of 6 a.m. Thursday, they included Ramsey Bay, Weyakwin, Meath Park, Emma Lake, Murray Point and rural areas outside of Prince Albert.

Thursday is expected to be another gusty day, although not as bad as Wednesday, when the winds exceeded 90 kilometres per hour in dozens of cities and towns.

Yorkton was the windiest spot, with gusts that peaked at 117 kilometres per hour. Saskatoon wasn't far behind, with gusts reaching 115 kilometres per hour at the airport.

The winds wreaked havoc everywhere, with several semis blown into the ditch, roofs being blown off more than one building, and trees down in several areas.

Too windy for wind turbines?

It was a productive day for many of the province's wind turbines, but it got so windy, some of them had to shut down.
Above 90 kilometres per hour, the turbines run too hot.

Saskatchewan's wind power turbines have been cranking out the electricity over the past day, but they can't function above a certain wind speed. ((File/CBC) )

Joe Holizki, a wind turbine technician who takes care of 17 big turbines near Gull Lake, said he was on standby to make sure nothing went wrong. 

"There's only a certain speed they can handle," he said. "Partway through the day, the wind was so high, the wind turbines had to be shut down."

By the evening, most of them had temporarily shut down, he said.