2 tornadoes confirmed in Saskatchewan Sunday

Environment Canada meteorologists tracked at least two tornadoes from severe weather between Melville and Yorkton, Sask., Sunday.

A large portion of the province was under severe weather warnings on the weekend

A tornado was spotted by Leech Lake off of Highway 9 south of Yorkton, Sask. (Katie Vickers @katielyn_213)
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) meteorologists have confirmed two tornadoes in Saskatchewan near Melville and Yorkton on Sunday. 

On Monday, meteorologist David Baggaley told CBC News that a house was destroyed about 14 kilometres north of Melville, adding a number of trees were down and bins and bales were scattered around the area. 

In addition to the tornados, he said funnel clouds were also spotted in the Dubuc, Stockholm and Rocanville, Sask., area because of the cluster of storms. 

On Sunday, one tornado touched down about 10 kilometres northwest of Melville, a community about 145 kilometres northeast of Regina, at around 4 p.m. CST. The tornado was moving northeast at 30 km/h.

About 30 minutes later, the weather office said it was tracking the tornado near Otthon, Sask., about 25 kilometres northeast of Melville. It was moving east towards the Leech Lake/Sakimay areas.

"This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation," the weather office had said prior to the storm. 

Localized flooding 

Meteorologist Mark Melsness said they were tracking a larger tornado south of Yorkton, Sask., near the Leech Lake area, at around 5:30 p.m. CST Sunday. 

Yorkton was also hit with about 60 mm of rain between 5 and 6 p.m. Melsness said that level of rainfall would put any storm-sewer system under immense pressure, adding the streets of Yorkton were flooding.

The Yorkton airport reported 34 mm of rain over the same period. 

The weather agency received reports of toonie-sized hail in Yorkton and larger tennis-ball sized hail just south of town. 

Based on what appeared on the radar, Melsness added they're tracking the possibility of a third tornado forming around Grayson, Sask., about 180 kilometres northeast of Regina.

Stormy skies

Environment Canada meteorologists were also tracking a dangerous thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to golf ball size hail and heavy rain in the southwest.

At 5:12 p.m. the weather office said a severe thunderstorm is over Grasslands National Park and is moving east at approximately 40 km/h.

Officials warned that fast-moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle away and the storm is capable of producing nickel to ping-pong sized hail.