From ripped off shingles, to broken tree branches, to hay bales blowing across the highway, Sunday’s wind storm in southern Saskatchewan caused some havoc.
Early in the day Environment Canada issued a wind warning for most of southern Saskatchewan. Strong and extended wind at around 60 km/h was predicted, with gusts reaching up to 90 km/h. Gusts topped 100 km/h in Swift Current.
Daryne Waytowich said the wind ripped shingles off his roof.
“The wind got underneath them and just pulled off, like there was sheets laying in the backyard. We’ve probably got, I don’t know, there’s a pile of shingles just laying in the backyard … It was quite the sound when they were peeling off.”
He had to grab and tarp and climb up to his roof in the blowing wind to put up a tarp to keep out the rain.
“Wasn’t very fun being up on the roof trying to hold the tarp up and screw it down, but a neighbour of mine come over and help(ed) me, and we got it done.”
Waytowich said several of his neighbours’ homes were also missing shingles. He also talked about broken bird houses and knocked over garbage cans littering the street.
There were also reports of hay bales blowing across highways, trucks being blown over, and grain bins toppled.