PHOTOS: Wind warning in effect for southern Saskatchewan
A wind warning is out for most of southern Saskatchewan including Regina.
Environment Canada says an intense low pressure system left over from the stormy weather over the last two days is to blame.
The wind will die down as the low moves away. Gusts could hit the 90 to 110 kilometres per hour mark.
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Semi flipped on highway
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“That Belle Plaine Bridge is scary bad,” said Mark Cyrenne, who called into the newsroom to describe what he saw.
It's a graphic example of the powerful wind.
A semi blew over as it crossed the Belle Plaine overpass on the Trans-Canada Highway halfway between Regina and Moose Jaw.
Cyrenne was a short distance back when it happened.
“I was going just over the Belle Plaine Bridge and a guy about a kilometre in front of me, the wind grabbed him and flipped him over the bridge,” described Cyrenne.
He says one lane westbound is blocked for the time being.
The RCMP is on the scene. Cyrenne doesn't think the driver is seriously hurt.
They are out of power in Bredenbury and keeping an eye on their basements.
A severe storm system passed through the area around 10 p.m. Tuesday night. It has done a number on the small community along the Yellowhead Highway southeast of Yorkton.
The storm was quick and powerful. More than an inch of rain dropped in less than 10 minutes. Powerful winds, or possibly something more, tore apart 50-to-70 foot fir trees.
Mayor Fred Nicholson says they are without power.
“I talked to someone at about two o’clock in the morning. They said that they realize we’ve got the power out. As far as giving us a timeline as to when the power would be on, they didn’t want to hazard a guess on that,” he said.
That means basement sump pumps aren't working. Some people are having to bail out their homes. He says a lot of residents have stayed home from work to help out their neighbours.
Other central Saskatchewan communities are without phone service including Prince Albert, North Battleford, Yorkton and Moose Jaw.
SaskTel landline, internet and cellphone service is down in those areas. Generators are being set up to help restore communications until repairs are made.