Sask. towns hit by hail, hurricane-strength winds

People in Saskatchewan were cleaning up and assessing the damage Friday after a night of severe thunderstorms.

Record rainfall in Estevan, Kindersley

People in Saskatchewan were cleaning up and assessing the damage Friday after a night of severe thunderstorms.

The storms moved quickly through the province, bringing hail to some regions — plus sheets of rain and high winds to many others.

Estevan and Kindersley set new records for rainfall, receiving 36 and 21.2 millimetres respectively, on July 24.

The last time that much rain fell in Estevan was 1973.

A few communities were briefly battered by hurricane-strength winds. The gusts peaked at 119 kilometres per hour in Assiniboia and 130 in Mankota.

In Regina and Saskatoon, the underpasses flooded, streets were filled with water and tree branches were knocked down.

In Regina, wind gusts at the airport peaked at 65 km/h, but may have been higher in other neighbourhoods. Power was knocked out for thousands of people, including at Pasqua Hospital.

The wind wreaked havoc at the teepee village at First Nations University, part of an exhibition set up for the North American Indigenous Games.

The rainiest spot in the province was Val Marie, which received 53 millimetres (about 2 inches).

There were widespread power outages throughout the southern part of the province and some homes were still in the dark Friday morning.

West of Climax, windows were broken by large, wind-driven hail. 

There were also reports of windows being broken by golf ball-sized hail at Glentworth              

The storms moved on to Manitoba later in the evening.

An ominous line of clouds hovered over the area east of Grand Coulee Thursday evening. (Craig Hilts/Twitter)


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