Strong wind rips across Alberta

People in Alberta are hanging onto their hats as they cope with an extremely strong wind that’s whistling through the province.

People in Alberta are hanging onto their hats as they cope with an extremely strong wind that’s whistling through the province.

Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for a vast stretch of central and northern Alberta, with gusts reaching 100 kilometres or much higher for some areas.

There are reports of power lines knocked down in a number of areas and semi-trailer trucks blown over, but no word of injuries.

The wind caused trouble during the morning commute in Edmonton, where a south-side light-rail transit line had to be closed because the wind was playing havoc with crossing arms.

Debris strewn about some streets hampered traffic and the RCMP issued an advisory to drivers to use caution on the Queen Elizabeth II Highway south of Edmonton.

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