severe weather

Much of southern Saskatchewan remains at risk for thunderstorms. (Environment Canada)

Environment Canada has ended the tornado watches issued for 18 Saskatchewan communities. However, as of late Wednesday night, the risk of thunderstorms remains for much of southern Saskatchewan.

The severe weather is associated with a low pressure system and advancing warm weather from Montana pushing into the south of the province.

What to do in a tornado warning

  • In a house with a basement: Avoid windows and take shelter in your basement under something sturdy like a table or work bench.
  • In a house without a basement, apartment or office tower: Avoid windows, head to the lowest floor and head to a central room, under a stairwell or an interior hallway. Crouch down to the ground and keep yourself as covered as possible.
  • In a vehicle: Cars are extremely risky in tornadoes. If a tornado is visible and far away, you may be able to drive out of its path by moving at right angles to the tornado. Seek shelter in a building if possible. If not, park the car as quickly and safely as possible and leave your seat belt on. Cover your head with your hands and any blankets or cushions you can. Avoid seeking shelter under bridges.
  • If outdoors: Seek shelter in a building. If that is not possible, lay flat and face down to the ground, protect the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away from cars and trees as you can; they may get blown into you by the tornado.
  • In a public building: Do not panic. Move quickly to an interior bathroom, storage room or interior hallway. Crouch down and protect your head with your hands.

with files from CBC Weather Specialist Farah Singh