TORNADO POEM

(The destructive effects of Tornados in Western Canada 1968-1960)

 

by Opal Louis Nations

 

 

 

Pambrun

Cleared sod off newly broken land leaving ¼ acre of bare floor

 

Killarney

Dug up farmer’s potato crop during harvest

 

Yorkton

Kitchen torn off buildings, lifted in air and carried over bluff, kitchen table plus two rows of stacked glass tumblers left unharmed

 

 

Kamsack

Garage with car inside picked up, carried over woodpile, deposited upside down, not one stick of wood moved

 

 

Lac La Biche

Boards from sawmill driven endwise into convent wall nearby

 

 

Estevan

Farmer’s buildings destroyed except own house where boards driven through walls destroyed furniture

 

 

Sedley

Cow found lying on back anchored to ground by horns

 

 

Westlock

1400 pound bull in stable attached by logging chain, found 20 yards way complete

 

 

North Brandon

Cattle and horses lifted in funnel, found dead in neighbor’s field, chickens stripped naked

 

 

Regina

Canoe soared through downtown window

 

 

Swalwell

Heavy iron stove found in tree tops

 

 

Lumsden

Man lost his trousers, later found swinging in tree a mile away

 

 

Vulcan

Blades of grass found driven into poles and fence posts

 

 

Crystal Springs

Sucked up all water from lakes in its path

 

 

Boissevain

Cleared field of stooked grain, fell as straw rainstorm over Belmont, 40 miles away, a day later

 

 

North Brandon

Heavy metal pumps lifted out of wells

 

 

Regina

Telephone pole traveled vertically down main street

 

 

Shell River

Window carried 200 yards found unbroken

 

 

Kildonan

Top story of house ripped off, sleeping family thrown to ground

 

 

Holland

Clothes torn from backs of family

 

 

Winnipeg

Woman and child lifted and dropped in river

 

 

Hilton

Lumber company shed carried 100 feet and set down undamaged

 

 

Osage

Mattress carried 1 ½ miles

 

 

Wilkie

House smashed to kindling driven into ground like stakes

 

 

Weyburn

House torn from foundations and lifted over heads of occupants

 

 

Regina

House lifted from foundations and set down intact on vacant lot

 

 

Quill Lake

Church turned upside down

 

 

Mossbank

Automobile twisted into junk

 

 

Crystal Springs

House lifted bodily and deposited in wheat field

 

 

Rosetown

Boy killed when falling from house carried through air

 

 

Ernfold

House switched completely around on foundations with family inside; barn lifted and set down on top of nearby house

 

 

Bigford

Hail the size of goose eggs

 

 

Elfros

Gudmundson home lifted up whilst family at dinner, buggy found in tree, 200 yard wide strip cleared of brush and trees piled on either side

 

 

Gull Lake

Granary carried in jumps for 200 yards

 

 

Rocky Mountain House

Reports of jumping trees

 

 

Kerrobert

Hailstones ranged from beans to tea-cups

 

 

North Battleford

Arc-shaped cloud lowered over city then disintegrated into 100 smoke spirals

 

Ceylon

Garage lifted and deposited on roof of house

 

 

Solsgirth

Bob sleighs lifted into air and carried ¼ mile, trees lifted out of ground and bunched

 

 

Nolalu

Clothing from one home found 6 miles away. Trees up to 3 feet in diameter criss-crossed to height of 30 feet.

 

 

Killarney

Clothes ripped from backs of children, woman sucked out of window

 

 

Fort Frances

7-foot wall of water on Rainy River

 

 

Yorkton

Grandstand ripped apart, its 10-inch beams driven upright into floor of lake

 

 

Runnymeade

Garage lifted from ground with car intact. Furrow turned by plow moved with force of wind

 

 

Estevan

Load of coal cars blown along tracks

 

 

Lundar

House sucked into air, turned upside down and dropped, occupants felt as if on elevator ride

 

 

Tebo

7 cars ripped from middle of moving train

 

 

Keewatin

100-foot water spout on river lifts 14-foot boat and drops same on car

 

    

 

--- Opal Louis Nations