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Tornado warnings, watches lifted in Saskatoon, region

Tornado chasers would have been disappointed Sunday in Saskatoon and its surrounding region.

Tornado watches and warnings were issued Sunday afternoon for Saskatoon and several nearby areas, but were all lifted by about 7:10 p.m. 

A tornado watch was issued for Saskatoon, but more severe tornado warnings were issued for Martensville, Warman, Corman Park, Kindersley, Rosetown, Biggar, Wilkie, Macklin and Aberdeen.

After the tornado warnings and watches abated, severe thunderstorms warnings were issued. Saskatoon escaped with a brief downpour and isolated hail.

By 8 p.m., the severe thunderstorm watches and warnings were confined to the eastern side of the province.

Just after 4 p.m., Environment Canada began tracking what it described as “a severe thunderstorm that is possibly producing a tornado” west of Saskatoon near Biggar. The agency said in its warning that wind damage, large hail and very heavy rainfall are possible.

A possible tornado had been spotted on radar near Handel, moving in the east at around 50 kilometres per hour.

SaskPower reported at about 7 p.m. that La Ronge was experiencing power outages due to downed lines and trees on lines. By 8 p.m., there was no estimated time for the power to be restored and there remained the risk of strong thunderstorms.

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