Gardens and lawns in Regina may look a little greener after early morning thunderstorms swept through Thursday with pouring rain, lightning and thunder.
The stormy skies are expected to clear up by mid-morning bringing the sun out and a high of 28 C.
There is a threat of more thunderstorms later in the afternoon, so those who want to head to the Queen City Ex may want to check the skies and take a raincoat or umbrella.
Environment Canada radar shows the large storm system will continue moving east towards the Manitoba border throughout the morning.
The storms knocked out power for a short time in areas including Cathedral and Lakeview and, but power was restored by 6:30 a.m.
Sask. man captures video of close up lightning strike
One Saskatchewan man is still feeling electrified by his close brush with a bolt of lightning.
Greg Trytten was travelling to a rig site with his coworkers near Tyvan, southeast of Regina, when they got caught in the middle of the lightning storm. He told 980 CJME his boss suggested one of the passengers start recording a video.
“Then nothing was coming out and there was no more lightning and no more lightning, then all of a sudden out of nowhere just right in front of the truck there was a huge bolt of lightning,” Trytten described.
Fortunately, he said the vehicle wasn’t hit directly, but they could definitely feel it.
“The vehicle started shaking, the road was shaking, there was smoke coming out of the ditch,” he said, describing the sound as a loud crack followed by a boom.
By the time they arrived at the work site, Trytten and his coworkers had to sit in the truck watching the rest of the light show because it wasn’t safe to work while the storm continued.
He posted the video online and watched as it started to take off – with thousands of views and hundreds of shares.