Properties damaged by hail, tornado in southern Sask.

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Eugene Zakaluzny 66, owns a farm near Hodgeville, Sask. He says he looked out a window of his house on Monday evening and saw farm equipment flying.  (Richard Agecoutay/CBC - image credit)
Eugene Zakaluzny 66, owns a farm near Hodgeville, Sask. He says he looked out a window of his house on Monday evening and saw farm equipment flying. (Richard Agecoutay/CBC - image credit)

Environment Canada confirmed two tornadoes that damaged properties in Saskatchewan Monday evening and was investigating a possible third.

These are the first tornadoes reported in the province since June 15.

Environment Canada confirmed one tornado east of Kindersley and a second southwest of Hodgeville.

The weather agency received reports of a third tornado southeast of Hodgeville. Meteorologist Terri Lang said Tuesday that the third one hadn't been confirmed yet but is under investigation.

Photos and videos posted to social media on Monday night showed significant damage to rural properties.

WATCH | Storms caused destruction in Saskatchewan Monday evening

Eugene Zakaluzny owns a farm near Hodgeville. On Monday evening, he looked out a window and saw farm equipment flying.

"It happened so fast. I saw the fuel tanks going, I saw the half-ton going. By the time I looked out, the whole yard was cleaned," Zakaluzny said.

"Probably in a few minutes after that, there was hardly any wind."

Zakaluzny said grain bins were destroyed, combines and trucks were smashed, and everything in a shed was left in pieces.

"When the stuff all cleared, I knew it was a tornado because it had picked stuff up and carried it all over the yard," he said.

Trenton Zakaluzny
Trenton Zakaluzny

Leon Jacobs and his wife, who own a farm near the Zakaluzny's, had a shop on their property destroyed.

"I could see the first funnel come down, and I told my wife 'we've got to get in the house!'" Jacobs said.

Jacobs said they found pieces of the shop several kilometres away on Tuesday morning. He also said that a weather alert was sent to their phones, but it came five minutes after the destruction occurred.

"You kind of take it in stride. Nobody was hurt, that's the main thing," he said.

Trenton Zakaluzny
Trenton Zakaluzny

Golf-ball and ping-pong ball-sized hail

Environment Canada issued severe thunderstorm warnings Monday evening for much of the southern part of the province. There was a significant amount of hail in the Regina area, as well as areas near Kindersley.

According to Environment Canada, there were reports of golf ball-sized hail in Moose Jaw and ping-pong ball-sized hail near Kindersley.

Bill McDonald lives in the South Hill neighbourhood of Moose Jaw and said the sound of the hailstones hitting the roof was like rifle shots being fired. The roof of McDonald's sunroom, which is made of supposedly hail resistant polycarbonate, was filled with small holes.

"I was thinking, is it ever nice to have home insurance? Because to replace this, it's going to be fairly expensive," he said.

McDonald said the storm hit his property at around 6:30 p.m. CST Monday night, and lasted for around 20 minutes.

Bill McDonald
Bill McDonald
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