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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Huge storm brings hail, multiple tornadoes to Saskatchewan, Canada

Storm
© BRYAN SCHLOSSER/Regina, Leader-Post
Dark clouds as the storm passed near Regina, Sask. on Monday, July 15, 2013.
It was a wild day of weather yesterday in parts of Saskatchewan as a large storm cell made its way through the province. 

Much of the southern part of the province were put on alert with tornado and severe thunderstorm watches through the afternoon and evening. Although it wasn't quite as "Oklahoma-style" as Weather Network chief meteorologist Chris Scott predicted on Twitter, it sure packed a wallop. 

Environment Canada has confirmed three tornadoes touched down during the storm - one southeast of Regina near Kronau and Gray, one west of Yorkton and one north of Humboldt, reports the Star Phoenix. 

There are reports of four other possible, but unconfirmed, tornadoes, including heavily-photographed funnel near Hague. 

The storm also brought large hail, in some places ankle deep, and frequent lightning. 

Here's Environment Canada's full breakdown of reports: 

HEARNE3:30 PM- QUARTER SIZE HAIL
NEAR SOUTHEY3:30 PM- 50 MM RAIN
ROULEAU3:50 PM- GOLF BALL HAIL
SOUTHEY3:50 PM- LOONIE TO GOLF BALL HAIL
CUPAR4:10 PM- 55 MM RAIN, QUARTER HAIL
NEAR GRAY4:40 PM- RAIN-WRAPPED TORNADO
NEAR HAGUE4:50 PM- PROBABLE TORNADO
NEAR KRONAU4:55 PM- TORNADO
NEAR ROSTHERN5:00 PM- POSSIBLE TORNADO
SOUTHEAST OF REGINA6:00 PM- QUARTER SIZE HAIL
WEST OF YORKTON6:05 PM- TORNADO
SOUTHWEST OF YORKTON6:45 PM- TORNADO
NORTHWEST OF MILESTONE7:00 PM- GOLF BALL HAIL
NEAR ITUNA7:05 PM- GOLF BALL HAIL
NORTH OF HUMBOLDT7:20 PM- PROBABLE TORNADO
PANGMAN7:50 PM- QUARTER SIZE HAIL

And here's some photos collected from the twitterverse of what happened on the ground: 

Saskatchewan tornado
© @JoeSchmoSK / Twitter
Tornado damaged some Hague homes
hail
© @canadogreg / Twitter
Can anyone say hail insurance?
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