May 6th, 2021

Windstorm blows power outages and damage across area


By Herald on January 13, 2021.

City crews work at the scene where a snapped treetop came down on a power line on the city's southside. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

A morning windstorm blowing through southern Alberta caused power outages and damage throughout the area.

Extreme wind gust knocked out power to large sections of the northside and southside of Lethbridge, downing tree limbs and blacking out traffic lights on several major roadways in the city.

An Environment Canada alert indicated winds reached a reported 137 kilometres per hour in Barnwell.

The Lethbridge School Division sent students home Wednesday morning from all schools except those on the city’s westside.
City of Lethbridge electric crews worked to restore power and had most customers back up shortly before noon.

Fortis Alberta was also showing multiple power outages in communities from Crowsnest Pass to Milk River.

A wind warning remained in effect for the Lethbridge-Taber-Milk River area with winds expected to diminish Wednesday evening.

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