Regina, Saskatchewan — Paintless dent repairers in the Prairies better prepare for an influx of work: with the sudden hailstorm that ripped through Regina on Tuesday night, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is bearing down for an influx of claims expected to come in the days following the damage.
On Tuesday night, Saskatchewan’s capital experienced golf ball-sized hail and winds as fast as 93km/h that caused flooding in much of the city’s north end.
“The northwest part of the city had the most rainwater that came down and there was some localized ponding and flooding in the area,” said City of Regina director of water, waste and environment Kurtis Doney in a municipal update.
According to meteorologists, the storm can be defined as a supercell; a thunderstorm characterized by the presence a deep, persistently rotating updraft called a mesocyclone.
“A supercell is the kind of storm that keeps itself organized and keeps going for hours and hours,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Terri Lang.
This is not the first round of hail damage seen by the Prairie province this summer; this July, SGI reported 562 vehicle claims, most of which were for damage caused by hail, said the insurer.