Saskatchewan

Tornado touches down in southwestern Sask.

Environment Canada has confirmed a tornado touched down Saturday at about 4:30 p.m. between Glenbain and Kincaid, Sask.

Environment Canada confirmed the tornado touched down around 4:30 p.m. Saturday

Meaghan Ryersee captured this photo of a funnel cloud that touched down in Kincaid, Sask., Saturday afternoon (Twitter/Meaghan Ryersee)

Environment Canada has confirmed that a tornado touched down Saturday afternoon between Glenbain and Kincaid, Sask.

Tornado warnings were issued for rural municipalities throughout the southwestern portion of the province starting at about 3:40 p.m. CST Saturday as the tornadic storm headed east-southeast across the province.

The tornado warnings ended at about 8 p.m.

Alyssa Peterson, meteorologist with Environment Canada, said severe thunderstorms in the area produced the tornado alongside damaging winds, large hail and intense rainfall. 

No ratings have been given for the tornado yet and Environment Canada hasn't yet received any reports of damage, said Peterson, but more assessments will be done over the next few says.

Tornado warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing tornadoes.

Much of the western half of the province was under severe thunderstorm watch Saturday night.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were also in effect for:

  • Highway 165 between highways 2 and 914, including Pinehouse Lake.

  • Lac la Ronge Prov. Park including La Ronge.

  • Montreal Lake and Molanosa

  • Prince Albert National Park.

  • R.M. of Meadow Lake, including Waterhen Lake First Nation.

  • R.M. of Cut Knife, including Cut Knife.

  • R.M. of Eldon, including Maidstone and Waseca.

  • R.M. of Hillsdale, including Neilburg and Baldwinton.

  • R.M. of Paynton, including Paynton.

Members of the public are advised to take shelter immediately if threatening weather approaches.

Glenbain is about 220 kilometres southwest of Regina.

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