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Damaging winds gust into the Prairies


Staff writers
October 17, 2012 — Wind gusts up to 100 km/h have been recorded across parts of the Prairies as a cold front sweeps through.


Peak winds as of 8 am on Wednesday
Peak winds as of 8 am on Wednesday

Damaging winds picked up in parts of Alberta and western Saskatchewan Tuesday night. 

"And those powerful gusts will continue for much of the day on Wednesday as well," says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. 

By the early morning hours on Wednesday, Assiniboia had already seen gusts close to 100 km/h. Places like Saskatoon and Regina have recorded gusts closer to 70 km/h.

There were reports of downed power lines in the Weyburn area early Wednesday. The gusty conditions proved to be a challenge for crews on the tarmac  at the Calgary Airport as well. 

Winds are expected to diminish by the evening hours as the cold front slides through.

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