A powerful plow-wind bore down on the small Saskatchewan village of Briercrest, southwest of Regina, on Thursday, ripping away the roof and porch of one home and tearing up enough shingles from others to supply a small hardware store.
"There was a thunderstorm that moved just north of town," David Baggaley, a meteorologist from Environment Canada, said. "It gave a good gust of wind. A straight-line wind we sometimes call plow-winds."
Baggaley said Environment Canada did not have any measurements for the strength of the wind but the angle of the rush of air was the major factor in causing damage.
"It was just a matter of how they line up with the house," he explained. "They just lifted the roof of the front of the house."
He said the winds ripped through the village around 3 p.m. CST and were sustained for two to five minutes, according to reports from locals.
Baggaley added that no severe weather was expected into Thursday night, although a few storm systems might dump 20 to 40 millimetres of rain in some areas of southern Saskatchewan.
There were no reports of injuries from the storm, and local residents told CBC News the woman who lived in the damaged house was not home at the time.
The storm did knock out power to the area for a time.
Briercrest is about 70 kilometres southwest of Regina. According to the latest census, it is home to 117.