What appeared to be a tornado ripped a Saskatchewan house from its foundations on Saturday and threw it 20 feet with the owner still inside.
Bill Kopach, 72, told Prince Albert NOW that he was standing by his front window in his Smeaton, Sask., house and watching the clouds form into what looked like a tornado when the gales plucked his home from the foundation and shattered it.
"I was kind of watching the neighbours because that's where I started to see it and in no time it was in our place already," Kopach said. "It knocked a window against my head."
His home and his farm were destroyed, but Kopach suffered only minor injuries.
Winds of more than 110 km/h knocked down trees and destroyed farm machinery in Smeaton over the weekend. Smeaton is located about 220 km northeast of Saskatoon.
Residents are calling it a tornado, but Environment Canada hasn't yet confirmed that assessment.
"In order for Environment Canada to confirm a tornado, they need some kind of evidence — whether that be from photos or videos or from data collected in a damage survey," Weather Network meteorologist Gina Ressler said. "If they've received a lot of damage reports that they think might have been caused by a tornado, they'll send out a survey team."
Residents also reported seeing a tornado Saturday night near Emma Lake, Sask., located about 195 km north of Saskatoon.