High winds on Oct. 17 and 18 sent bins flying at this farm north of Moose Jaw, Sask. Several bins left the yard and travelled across Highway 2 and carried on for half a kilometre.  |  Michael Raine photo

Memorable storm swept in with hurricane-speed gusts

The destruction caused by a major wind storm that ripped across much of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba last week is sure to leave lasting memories in the minds of those who endured it. But according to David Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada, the Oct. 16 windstorm was not particularly unusual in its velocity or […] Read more

A 13-car train derailed at the Fabyan Trestle Bridge west of Wainright Tuesday evening, sending some cars plummeting nearly 60 metres  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Two trains derail in Alberta during windstorm

Wainwright, Alta. — During the wind storm that clobbered much of the Prairies Oct. 17 two trains in Alberta derailed, closing one main line and halting some grain movement. CN crews cleaned up two wrecks after winds in excess of 100 km/h in the area. One 67-car train derailed near Huxley and one 13-car train […] Read more

Cell phone video shot by a SaskEnergy crew in Burstall highlights the limited visibility at the time. | Screencap via SaskEnergy

One dead in accident during Sask. storm

Saskatchewan RCMP say one man is dead after a single motor vehicle accident about 10 kilometres south of Burstall during last night’s firefighting efforts. But incident commander Inspector Ted Munro said it is unknown whether the fire or visibility caused the accident on a grid road. Two men fighting another fire near Tompkins were sent […] Read more