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Some very unsettled weather made its way through southeastern Saskatchewan Wednesday evening.
Bryan Van-Wilgenburg with Environment Canada says around 8:40 P.M. a series of thunderstorms developed east of Carlyle and a tornado was observed near the town of Alida.
Baseball sized hail and severe wind along with thunderstorms were reported as well and video imagery recorded debris forming on the ground near the funnel cloud.
“So far, all we have confirming the tornado touchdown is a report from the RCMP and video imagery,” said Van-Wilgenburg. ” But the video imagery is pretty clear that there is debris along the base of that funnel. So I think that’s enough to say that it was a tornado.”
Van-Wigenburg says several reports came in through the evening — from residents as well as authorities about the tornado touching down.
“We’ve had reports of baseball-sized hail with that system,” Van-Wilgenburg said. “But we were getting reports all through the evening about a number of different thunderstorms throughout the region. Most of them were hail, but there were also reports of some funnel clouds.”
He says most of Saskatchewan will see more settled weather today as the system has moved out the province