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A sudden hailstorm that lasted over 10 minutes laid waste to at least one gardening business on St. Mary’s Road.
"We’ve been in business for 25 years and it’s the worst damage we’ve ever had," said Denis Remillard, the co-owner of St. Leon Garden Centre. "A big pile of our bedding plants were destroyed."
The storm hit Remillard’s business around 6 p.m. Monday, cutting down the majority of bedding plants sitting outside the store. He’s not sure if insurance will cover the damages, which he couldn’t estimate in value.
"We don’t know," he said. "It’s hard to assess. But it’s severe."
Severe thunderstorm warnings and watches have ended for the province.
Environment Canada warns that strong wind gusts and hail can damage property and cause injuries. Local downpours can cause flash floods. People should avoid driving through water on roads. Even shallow fast moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle away.
Funnel clouds, including at least one tornado that touched the ground, appear to have been spotted near Saltcoats, Sask. Photographs of the twister have been making the rounds on Twitter. The community of Saltcoats is located about midway between the Manitoba border and Yorkton.