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Extreme wind damages in southern alberta homes and vehicles

Calgary, AB, Canada / RTBN
Extreme wind damages in southern alberta homes and vehicles

Environment Canada has issues alerts on the strong and damaging winds over the southwestern  section of Alberta. There are reports of gusts up to 130 km/h that are ripping siding from buildings and even blowing over vehicles on multiple highways.

Travelling on Highway 22 between Highway 3 and Longview is not recommended.

The warnings are for areas around Okotoks, Kananaskis, Pincher Creek, Cardston and Nordegg and have been in effect since 8:30 a.m.

The wind could get more severe in certain parts of the province exceeding 130 km/h. Other areas in Alberta are also facing alerts of wind gusts up to 100 km/h.

An overturned semi-trailer temporarily closed down Highway 22 in both directions from the intersection of Highway 533 by Chain Lakes Provincial Park south to Highway 3 by Lundbreck.

Travelling in any large, light vehicles such as empty tractor trailers or RVs is not advised.

Jasper and Banff national parks are under snowfall warnings with expected totals of 25-40 centimeters, including Highway 93.

 

-Kyle Hutton

 

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