It was a wild Father’s Day in eastern Saskatchewan with Environment Canada confirming two tornadoes touching down, one of them just metres away from a community.
It all began just before noon Sunday as dark ominous skies started moving in.
At the same time, the Saskatoon Soaring Club was heading out for a day of gliding, using the Cudworth Airport as a base, but their plans were quickly halted.
“We were looking at the weather and we saw these funnel clouds and large thunder cell just about 10-15 kilometres north of the airfield,” said Saskatoon Soaring Club member Ashton Reimer.
“One of the funnel clouds kept getting thicker and it eventually elongated and it looks like it had touched down.”
Down the road in Naicam, images started to surface on social media showing just how close a twister was to the town.
Trevor Sekora witnessed the tornado touchdown and said you could see dirt, leaves and small branches flying around.
“It would’ve come close to the graveyard just north of town, but I don’t think it damaged anything there,” Sekora said.
Environment Canada confirmed with Global News that at least two tornadoes touched down in the area.
The first tornado touched down around 12:00 p.m. approximately 10 kilometres west of Naicam and lasted for about 5 minutes.
The second tornado touched down about 12 minutes later on the northern edge of the townsite, lasting about 3 minutes.
There were no reports of damage from either tornado, however numerous other funnel clouds were reported across the region.
The first funnel cloud was reported at 11:25 a.m. 2 kilometres north of Bruno followed by numerous other reports between Humboldt, Saint Brieux and Naicam over the next few hours.
The last sighting was reported 8 kilometres east of Saint Brieux at 2:10 p.m.
All tornado and severe thunderstorm watches and warnings were ended by mid-afternoon on Sunday.