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Saskatoon under tornado watch: ‘hail up to the size of golf balls’

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Surroundings Canada says a twister has been noticed on the bottom close to Paynton and one other could have spawned close to North Battleford.

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Extreme thunderstorms forecast to develop Friday afternoon alongside the Freeway 16 hall could have already spawned a number of tornadoes.

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Surroundings Canada is looking the storms “a harmful and probably life-threatening scenario” and urges members of the general public to be ready for extreme climate.

The alert, which covers dozens of RMs and town of Saskatoon, was up to date round 6 p.m. to additionally embrace town of Prince Albert, with a “moist, unstable air mass” then located over the North Battleford area.

At about 4:20 p.m., the federal climate service mentioned a twister had been noticed on the bottom close to Paynton, roughly 190 kilometres north east of Saskatoon. Folks within the space are requested to take cowl.

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Surroundings Canada says it is usually monitoring a extreme thunderstorm 25 km north of North Battleford that will have produced a twister.

The storm circumstances are a results of a “moist unstable air mass within the neighborhood of a low strain system at present located over the North Battleford area,” Surroundings Canada mentioned.

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The forecast additionally calls for big hail — as much as the scale of golf balls, and probably bigger — in Saskatoon and different communities alongside the northwest portion of Saskatchewan’s Yellowhead Freeway.

Surroundings Canada positioned Saskatoon and the areas surrounding Humboldt, Martensville and the Battlefords beneath twister watch at about 1:30 p.m. Friday. A lot of the southwest and central-west elements of the province had been beneath extreme thunderstorm watch. “Watch” is a much less extreme class than “warning.”

Residents are requested to take cowl instantly if threatening climate approaches.

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