July 22, 2015 3:21 pm
Updated: July 22, 2015 8:29 pm

Weather system causes widespread damage in Central Alberta


WATCH ABOVE: Three thunderstorm cells moved from Red Deer to Edmonton Tuesday night. Fletcher Kent visited Ponoka, where the storm was incredibly destructive.

EDMONTON — A weather system moved out of Central Alberta Tuesday night but the effects of the damage it caused will be felt for an extended period of time.

Hail flattened farmer’s fields and severely damaged homes and vehicles.

The Rose family, who described the storm as terrifying, could only watch as golf sized hail pelted their home outside of Ponoka, breaking windows and severely damaging the roof. The damage resulted in water pouring into the home.

Shelly Rose said she shovelled 10 centimetres of hail out of her living room.

“Very scary. I really wasn’t sure what was coming through. I was waiting for the house to be taken away.”

The Rose family contacted their insurance provider to start a claim.

In Lacombe, Rajiv Emerson said he was sitting inside his home with his family around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday when the storm hit.

“I walked over to take a look and by the time I got here there was just large hail pelting the back and pelting the car in the back and in the front,” he explained.

WATCH: Central Alberta is cleaning up after a massive storm tore through the region Tuesday night, shattering windows and damaging property. Kendra Slugoski reports.

Emerson said the hail started small, but grew to be golf ball-sized.

“I knew right away that glass was going to be shattered,” he said.

“It was doing serious damage.”

Emerson’s front windshield was cracked; the back window of his wife’s car was completely shattered. He’s never seen such a strong storm system, but said within 30 minutes it was over.

“The clouds rolled away and there was a little bit of sunshine and then it started raining just a bit, but that was it.”


With files from Fletcher Kent and Kendra Slugoski, Global News.

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