DIDSBURY, July 2 (AP) — A tornado that struck near a town in Alberta, Canada, destroyed homes and killed livestock but caused no serious injuries, authorities said.
Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a warning at 1:50 p.m. local time Saturday for a tornado near Didsbury, a town about 233 kilometers (145 miles) south of Edmonton, Alberta.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said they had received reports of a large tornado along a major highway. Tornadoes are 1 to 2 kilometers (half a mile to 1.2 miles) wide.
Police said many homes were damaged, but corporal. Gina Slany said there were no known injuries. The tornado warning then ended.
Dean Allan, deputy mayor of Carstairs, about 13 kilometers (eight miles) south of Didsbury, said the tornado passed between two neighbourhoods, damaging 12 homes .
“Several of them were completely destroyed,” Allen said. “Fortunately, there were no fatalities and only some minor injuries.”
Some livestock were missing, he said.
Castell Fire Chief Jordan Schaffer said five homes were completely destroyed, including one where rescuers pulled a woman from the basement.
“By digging through the rubble, we managed to get her out without any scratches,” Schafer said.
Storm chaser Aaron Jajack posted video online showing the tornado near Didsbury cutting across the motorway and appearing to damage two country houses on either side of the road.
In the video, he yells at anyone who might be in one of the homes, but he can’t get closer because a downed utility line blocks the driveway.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted a message to those injured or whose homes were damaged by the tornado, saying Canadians are “here with you.”
“Officials will continue to monitor the situation, please stay safe,” Trudeau said on Twitter. (AP)
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