Estevan wasn't the windiest place on earth last night, but it got close. That said, the gale continues to howl and wreck havoc across the prairies.

While the southeast corner has escaped major damage as a result of the winds, other areas of Saskatchewan have seen downed power lines, trees, and racing wildfires.

"Estevan came in with a peak wind right around midnight (on Tuesday night) at one hundred kilometers per hour, so that's not unsubstantial when it comes to gustiness," shared Environment Canada's Terri Laing.

"The winds continue to gust from the west-northwest, 50 gusting 70 or so, and they will carry on for probably the next few hours then slowly subside into the evening."

She said that the root of the windstorm is a low pressure system that formed just Tuesday morning over the B.C. coast and has already made it's way into Manitoba.

"It's a very fast moving and very intense system, which is why we saw so much wind within such a widespread area, and the damage that goes along with that."

Laing advised people to keep on tying their stuff down. She added that we should start getting used to the idea, as these occurances have proven to be somewhat common throughout the winter months.

Areas around Regina and Moose Jaw saw winds topping out over 130 kilometers per hour, tipping over some houses and downing power lines, the latter of which resulted in additional fires to contend with, on top of the wildfires raging out of control in other parts of the province.

Also, in a release Wednesday morning Sasktel noted that customers could experience a lack of cellular, home phone, TV and internet service in areas affected by the power outages. While their sites have backup batteries, they said that those could lose life, and they are working to place generators in key locations across Saskatchewan. That said, due to the widespread nature of the storm, not every location will be a recipient.

Stay on top of the latest weather conditions here.

READ MORE: Things Returning to Normal in Areas of Saskatchewan Affected by Fire

READ MORE: Power Restored to Some Areas of MJ

READ MORE: SaskTel Warning Of Potential Service Interruptions

READ MORE: SaskPower Working To Restore power Across Southern Saskatchewan

 

 

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