August 11, 2014 5:16 pm

SaskPower says almost all power restored after violent storm in Regina area

The head of SaskPower says a handful of customers remain without electricity in rural areas after a powerful storm blew through southern Saskatchewan.

Teri Fikowski / Global News

REGINA – The head of SaskPower says a handful of customers remain without electricity in rural areas after a powerful storm blew through southern Saskatchewan.

President and CEO Robert Watson says there were about 21,500 calls about outages between when the storm hit Friday night and this morning.

Watson says crews had to almost completely rebuild the distribution network in White City, a commuter community just east of Regina, because so many power poles were knocked down.

Watson says he toured the White City area on Saturday and it’s unbelievable that no one was hurt.

Wind gusts reached 100 kilometres an hour, but Environment Canada says there was no tornado.

The storm tore roofs from homes and toppled trees onto cars, but there are no reports of any injuries.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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