Tennis ball-sized hail and strong winds wreaked havoc Thursday in the southeast corner of the province.
The storm set in around 4 p.m., with many taking to social media to share what was happening.
— Brennan (Ben) Heide (@Heide907) June 15, 2018
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“It was quite the storm alright,” Environment Canada meteorologist Mark Melsness told the 980 CJME Morning Show.
“That wind-driven hail did cause a lot of damage down there, a lot of smashed windshields, windows broken on houses, siding damaged, all kinds of nastiness down that way,” he added.
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Storm destruction evident around Estevan today. This (cell?) tower at Boundary Dam Park snapped and sways in gentle breeze pic.twitter.com/kyTqk6uMZe
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While Environment Canada had tornado warnings out for the areas hit by the storm, none were reported to have touched down in the province. There was a report of one tornado in Manitoba.
Despite the damage done by the weather, the storm didn’t bring much rain, with the Estevan airport only reporting six millimetres — or under half an inch. However, inside the city some areas had so much rain there was flash flooding on certain streets.
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Discover Estevan reporter Matt Cinnamon told 980 CJME Thursday night the hail was lying on the roads like snow.
“Traffic was practically stopped here just east of Estevan,” Cinnamon said.
He said the Ministry of Highways had snow ploughs out to clear off the roadways.
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“Traffic’s moving now as it melts away but even the steam rising from melting hail is creating poor visibility as well,” Cinnamon said.
Another storm in central Saskatchewan saw the area around Warman get about 33 millimetres — or 1.3 inches — of rain.