October 18, 2017 11:25 am
Updated: October 18, 2017 3:53 pm

Wind gusts up to 135 km/h battered Alberta on Tuesday

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Several wildfires broke out, trains came off their tracks and semi-trucks tipped on highways across central and southern Alberta Tuesday.

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An intense, low pressure system with a strong cold front swept across the province, bringing strong, gusty winds and thunderstorms, Environment Canada said.

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In some areas, the wind speeds reached what felt like hurricane force. However, in order to be officially categorized as hurricane strength, the measurements would have had to be sustained over a one-minute period. In this case, the Environment Canada data only shows peak gusts of over 10 seconds, explained Global News meteorologist Jordan Witzel.

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Still, it was enough to wreak havoc. The highest speed of 135 km/h was recorded in Schuler, northeast of Medicine Hat, near where one of several wildfires was recorded.

WATCH: Severe weather causes damage, results in several rollovers on provincial highways

The maximum wind gusts in kilometres per hour were recorded at various weather stations across Alberta.

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Below is a summary of some of the locations, issued at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Acadia Valley: 126
Alliance: 107
Atlee: 119
Barnwell: 124
Beiseker: 93
Black Diamond: 96
Blood Tribe: 111
Brocket: 109
Calgary: 93
Calgary (Int’l Airport): 91
Carway: 115
Consort: 111
Coronation: 106
Crestomere: 106
Del Bonita: 115
Edmonton (Blatchford): 80
Edmonton (Int’l Airport): 85
Edson: 50
Forestburg: 111
Fort MacLeod: 109
Fort McMurray: 61
Hemaruka: 115
Irvine: 119
Killam: 115
Lethbridge Airport: 113
Medicine Hat: 102
Milk River: 104
Olds: 85
Pincher Creek: 107
Queenstown: 119
Raymond: 104
Rocky Mountain House: 81
Schuler: 135
Seven Persons: 126
Stavely: 115
Stettler: 100
Stony Plain: 78
Tomahawk: 81
Waterton Park Gate: 113

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