At approximately 11:15 pm Monday night, (June 26th) the winds started to change, whipping through the North side of Edmonton at an incredible rate of speed, bending trees in all directions and displacing anything that wasn’t held down.
Then came the lightning, one after the other, brightening up the overcast skies, and after mere moments of this inclement weather, the rain began to fall in large heavy drops with intensity. The wind thus carried the harsh rain and pounded the windows of houses, so much so that they were sure to break at any given moment.
Next came the nickel sized hail which pummeled the cars and houses at a relentless rate. All the while, lightning was illuminating the storm filled skies. Suddenly, just as fast as it started, only 15 mins later, it abated and all was quiet with clearing skies and stars shining overhead.
Environment Canada issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch at 11:08 pm MDT, then upgraded it to a Severe Thunderstorm Warning a 11:15 pm MDT. “At 11:15 p.m. MDT, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a cluster of severe thunderstorms capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain. The thunderstorms are between Westlock County and northern Edmonton and are moving northeast at 40 km/h. wind gusts near 90 km/h have been reported with the thunderstorms.”
The Warning goes on to say “Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall. Very strong wind gusts can damage buildings, down trees and blow large vehicles off the road. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes.”
The extent of the damage is several downed trees throughout the city, ripped off roofing shingles, power outages including areas of downtown, which has since been restored to all areas, and thankfully there were no injuries to be had.
This article was written by Stacey Leochko.