Winds wreak havoc on the area

By Roger White
October 18, 2017 - 11:27am

Residents, businesses, and more in the region are cleaning up today following Tuesday’s hurricane-like winds which wreaked havoc overnight.

Winds reaching 100 km/h are being blamed for sporadic power outages in the city of North Battleford overnight, while residents in Jackfish Lake, Meota, Cut Knife and Luseland spent several hours without power on Tuesday.

Jordan Jackle of SaskPower reported that residents in the area have had their power restored as of this morning with a few exceptions.

“We still have outages being reported in Turtleford and surrounding areas,” said Jackle. “It was a significant storm because 50 per cent of the power grid in the province was affected.”

Communications coordinator for the City of North Battleford Robert Oberlander said early indications are that the only damage in the area seems to be from tree branches.

Unfortunately not everyone in the area got off lucky.

Officials with Living Faith Chapel on 103 St. said they are facing significant expenses after two-thirds of its gymnasium roof was ripped off because of the winds. The cost to replace the roof is estimated at $100,000.

Environment Canada reports that the winds peaked in North Battleford at 98 km/h while in Meadow Lake winds were 80 km/h.

The highest recorded winds in Saskatchewan happened on Oct. 4, 1976 in Melfort.

The winds are expected to dissipate throughout the day between 40 to 60 km/h.


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