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Carter Haydu
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A scary cloud moves over Moose Jaw on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.

Moose Jaw experienced some intense weather on Tuesday evening, with rain, lightening and winds gusting to as high as 120 kilometres per hour.

John-Paul Cragg, Environment Canada warning preparedness meteorologist, told the Times-Herald a band of severe weather passed over Moose Jaw starting at about 7:20 p.m.

Cragg said the storm front had what was being reported as funnel clouds, although there was no touchdown as the system passed over the Friendly City. The storm was only expected to last about 45 minutes before moving further east and away from Moose Jaw.

However, Cragg said he did see video of a tornado touchdown east of Chaplin near the Trans Canada Highway.

Janice Stirling, wife of Reeve Gary Stirling of the Rural Municipality of Wheatland, came pretty close to a twister herself on Tuesday. While driving form Besant to Mortlach, she hit some heavy rain and hail.

“You couldn’t even see the road,” she said, adding about three kilometres from her house, she saw a tornado.

“I stepped on the gas and drove fast.”

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Times-Herald, Trans Canada Highway, Rural Municipality

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Friendly, Chaplin Mortlach

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