High winds rip through Calgary; downing power lines, trees, traffic lights
A massive tree in Kensington fell on a house during Sunday's high winds that ripped through Calgary and parts of Alberta.
Photograph by: Herald Reader, Terry Rock
High winds are wreaking havoc throughout the city, including broken windows downtown at TD Square and downed power lines.
Police are urging residents to stay indoors as flying debris is becoming a hazard on roads and walkways.
“We’ve got complaints coming from all over the city,” said duty inspector Keith Cain.
“It’s safer just to stay inside.”
Destructive winds are felling trees and even ripped off three LRT crossing arms, causing delays.
Police have closed to street to pedestrians and traffic along 7th Avenue and 3rd Street SW after reports of multiple broken windows at TD Square.
The falling shards of glass damaged a vehicle, but there are no reports of any injuries, Cain said.
At noon, a roof ripped free from a Slopes home west of the city, police say.
The wind ripped the roof off and smashed windows out of the home in the 100 block of Slopes GV SW.
Travel is not advised outside the city and police are advising motorists not to travel south due to extremely high winds.
Claresholm, Fort Macleod and High River RCMP have issued advisories to avoid travelling in the area. Semi trucks, particularly those without loads, are asked to stay off the roads.