28 November 2011

Grass Fires Near Lethbridge Over the Weekend and other Anomalies

This weekend found Lethbridge area dry and windy, necessitating fire crews to be on scene in the Magrath area to battle a grass fire.  Residents in the vicinity were temporarily evacuated.

Strong winds down trees, fuel fires in southern Alberta | CTV News

Calgary had winds near 140 km/hr, that's F1 force winds.  Windows were shattered in some downtown high-rises, trees uprooted and power outages.  Near Claresholm, eight semi trucks were blown off the highway within a period of two days.  Click on the link above to view footage.

Winds died down overnight, thankfully.  I spoke with someone who had travelled Hwy. 2 Sunday and couldn't fuel up in Claresholm as the windstorm had caused a power outage and gas pumps were inoperable.  They too reported semis overturned along the highway.  I am so thankful that those who were travelling, my son included, arrived at their destinations in safety.


Karen said...

Oh, my. High winds like that are so scary. I am glad they have finally died down. And to have fires included in this is all the worse. Hopefully the weather will settle down now.

FlowerLady said...

Wow, that's all rather scarey. I hope the winds have calmed and the fires are out.


Sheila said...

That day was just awful. I'm glad to hear that your son made it safely home. We travelled to Edmonton on Friday but waited til the afternoon when the wind had died down. I never enjoy being on the highways at this time of year. The highway traffic is pretty scary most of the time.

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