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Tornado reported near Smeaton, Saskatchewan


Staff writers

July 22, 2012 — Powerful storms tore through Saskatchewan Saturday -- resulting in at least one tornado.

Saskatchewan's stormy Saturday
Saskatchewan's stormy Saturday

Dark skies, large hail and heavy rain dominated Saskatchewan's weather forecast on Saturday, as a severe line of storms moved through the province.

Funnel clouds were spotted in Emma Lake and further south, in Estevan, wind gusts topped 110 km/h.

At least one tornado was reported south of Smeaton, where a Stormline caller reported significant damage.

"A house has been moved off of its foundation and is pretty much demolished," she said. "Machinery and grain bins have been moved around ... and trees have been twisted up and knocked down."

A tornado report can't be confirmed until Environment Canada analyses the damage, but Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network, says that the organization depends on first-hand accounts to point them in the right direction.

"In order for Environment Canada to confirm a tornado, they need some kind of evidence -- whether that be from photos or videos or from data collected in a damage survey," she explains.

"If they've received a lot of damage reports that they think might have been caused by a tornado, they'll send out a survey team."

EC has yet to confirm this particular tornado, but that will likely happen in the next day or so.

The severe storms remained in Saskatchewan for several hours before dissipating in the late evening.


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