PHOTOS: Wicked storms slam southern Saskatchewan, spawn tornadoes

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PHOTOS: Wicked storms slam southern Saskatchewan, spawn tornadoes
PHOTOS: Wicked storms slam southern Saskatchewan, spawn tornadoes

Severe thunderstorms sparked up across parts of southern Saskatchewan Monday night, generating at least two tornadoes in the province.

On Tuesday, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and the Northern Tornadoes Project verified two twisters from the storms.

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The preliminary assessment indicated the first occurred 24 kilometres southwest of Hodgeville, Sask., at 5:50 p.m. local time. It damaged buildings at a farm yard south of Hodgeville. A preliminary damage rating on the Enhanced Fujita scale (EF) has yet to be determined.

The second twister east of Kindersley at 7:04 p.m. local time, according to the preliminary assessment. No damage has been reported at this time, so it was given a preliminary EF-0 rating, with an estimated wind speed of 90-130 km/h.

The severe thunderstorms also produced varying sizes of hail -- from pea-sized in Shackleton to golf ball-sized in Moose Jaw.

ECCC and the Northern Tornadoes Project continue to investigate these events.

While the tornado warnings were dropped by the late evening hours, the risk for severe thunderstorms continued into the pre-dawn hours on Tuesday. Damaging wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain were the main threats with these storms.

That storm energy will continue to push eastwards into Manitoba through Tuesday, with more thunderstorm activity expected right along the Saskatchewan and Manitoba on Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday's storms will be less severe in nature compared to those that developed on Monday, but there's still the potential for heavy rain, small hail and cold-core funnel clouds as well.

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In terms of the temperatures, below seasonal conditions will persist through the remainder of August, with even a taste of early fall at times as daytime highs struggle to surpass the mid to upper teens.

Here's a closer look at the severe thunderstorms that rumbled through on Monday night.

Thumbnail courtesy of James Francis, taken east of Kindersley, Sask.

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