Breton tornado given rating as cleanup begins

By Laine Mitchell (Twitter: @Laine_Mitchell)
July 14, 2017 - 4:00pm Updated: July 15, 2017 - 4:10pm

Environment Canada has given a rating of EF1 for the Breton tornado with estimated wind speeds of 135 to 175 kilometers an hour. 

Residents and county crews spent the day clearing trees off their property and roadways, as the true extent of the damage set in. 

Jeff Gresham says his wife and nephew were home at the time of the tornado, while he was at a volunteer firefighter kids camp. 

He says he got the call around 5:30 p.m. that a tornado had just past west of their home, a mere two to three hundred meters away. 

A couple of sheds on the property were lost, as well as many shingles on their home. Gresham estimates hundreds of trees were knocked down by the tornado. 

The hardest loss was one of their horses who was killed in the tornado. 

"My wife, she is pretty shook up over that" says Gresham.

The same storm system dropped golf ball size hail in Drayton Valley as well as the Thorsby area and walnut size chunks in Warburg. 

On average Alberta experiences 15 tornados a year. 

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