We knew it was coming and everybody braced for it as best as they could. Windstorm 2017. The winds were, and continue to be, felt across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba Tuesday and today. Damage was reported all over the province from fallen power lines, blown structures and ripped up siding on buildings. As the windstorm progressed through Regina last night I followed twitter and Facebook and I noticed one key thing. The hard work and dedication of volunteer firefighters and the extra work SaskPower crews put in.
While many of us were hunkered down waiting for the storm to pass, power crews and firefighters were headed out to stop fires and restore power ensuring the safety of many families. This morning we got a look at the damage Mother Nature inflicted on the province. Wind gusts were as high as 131 kilometres per hour in Moose Jaw and 119 kilometres per hour were reported at Regina International Airport. Those speeds are comparable to a category 1 hurricane according to the Saffir-Simpson Scale!
I count myself as lucky last night. I was not evacuated because of fire, my power stayed on and I had no damage to anything I own. I can’t say the same for others. Did you have damage? email your pics to firstname.lastname@example.org.