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High wind rips through Calgary and most of Alberta

Last Updated Jan 14, 2021 at 9:32 am MDT

CALGARY (CityNews) – Calgary was getting blown away, literally as strong winds whipped through the city Wednesday.

The high winds resulted in many calls to the Calgary Fire Department for things like trees falling on power, debris on the road and siding or roofing shingles being blown from buildings.

“The wind ramped up late in the morning through to the afternoon out of the northwest drawing in some cold arctic air, gusts topping 80k an hour, officially reaching 80k winds at 11:00 a.m. at the airport, we saw sustained winds in the 60s,” said Meteorologist Michael Kuss.

The wind was so strong that Winsport made the decision to shut down its hills Wednesday due to deteriorating conditions but plans to reopen Thursday.

It wasn’t just Calgary experiencing the high winds as areas outside of the city were also being ripped by the wind.

One weather watcher in Brooks, two hours west of Calgary, posted a video to Twitter showing how strong the winds were.

In Taber, about three hours southwest of Calgary, the wind speeds were equivalent to that of an F1 tornado.

Environment Canada issued the wind warning around 8:30 a.m., and also included Rocky View County near Cochrane as well as Airdrie and Olds.

It’s no secret Calgary has experienced an odd winter with mild conditions in what would normally be the coldest months of the year.

Kuss said there’s still a bit more left of the spring-like weather.

“Typically moderate conditions persist through the weekend. The next chance for some cold arctic air doesn’t show up until the tail end of next week.”