Severe damage reported in Eston after storm rolls through Sunday night

UPDATE – There is a lot of clean-up to be done in the town of Eston, about 60 kilometers southeast of Kindersley, after a storm ripped through the town on Sunday night.

Photo: Jerry Wiens (Twitter)

Pictures from the town through social media show widespread damage, with most of it centered in the town’s west end.

The town has told people that need assistance they should gather at a local church, and to refrain from using water and sewer until electricity can be restored which could take some time.

It’s not known if a tornado caused the damage or not, but Environment Canada says they did see rotation in the storm with Doppler radar.

Meteorologist Mike McDonald said wind speeds reached well over 100 kilometers per hour, adding toonie sized hail was also reported.

The storm, which hit around 9:00 p.m., came after another hot, humid day in Saskatchewan where severe thunderstorm watches and warnings were in place starting in the late afternoon.

Severe storms were also present in the Yorkton area, where wind gusts of 80 kilometers per hour were recorded.

Saskatoon also saw strong winds in the city’s south end reported to be 96 km/h.

McDonald said most of the heat and humidity has moved into Manitoba, which should mean far less storm activity over the better part of the week.

(Files from Drew Postey)


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