Storm chaser sees three tornadoes touch down near Paynton

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The Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the Battlefords-Unity-Maidstone area just after 4 p.m., but lifted it shortly after 5 p.m.

Just before 6 p.m., forecasters issued a tornado warning for the Prince Albert-Shellbrook-Duck Lake area, then added warnings for the Martensville-Warman-Rosthern area about a half hour later.

These were lifted just after 7 p.m.

Earlier in the day, Environment Canada had issued tornado watches for Saskatoon and parts of central Saskatchewan. These were removed as the night progressed.

Hagan warned everyone in the Paynton area to seek shelter when storms were active in that area.

“At the moment the sky is very dark and turbulent; you can see the clouds moving in front of you…” she said. “There’s not a lot of rain right now, so these funnels are coming out of different places in this storm.”

Severe thunderstorm warnings and watches remained in place for other areas of the province, including Regina, Moose Jaw, Estevan, Weyburn and Swift Current.

“Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop in southern Saskatchewan and Montana late this afternoon/early this evening,” said the advisory for the Regina area. “These thunderstorms will last throughout the evening and into the night.

“Golf ball sized hail is expected as well as strong gusty winds up to 100 km/h.”

The latest weather alert information is available at Environment Canada website.

— With files from Lara Fominoff of 650 CKOM

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