It’s still difficult to predict exactly when and where a tornado will strike in Saskatchewan.
Dan Kulak with Environment Canada said there’s a relatively small window in terms of letting the public know.
“A tornado watch is usually about a two hour heads up and tornado warnings, very rarely will you get more than 10 minutes of warning,” he said.
Saskatchewan storm chaser Greg Johnson was driving through Moore about half an hour before the massive tornado hit.
He says the team kept going because chasing tornadoes is more dangerous within a city.
Even watching the aftermath on social media Johnson says the devastation never fails to shock him.
“I think the myth is that tornadoes don’t hit metropolitan areas but Mother Nature really doesn’t care about city boundaries,” Johnson commented. “It’s a really dangerous myth, people think oh it’s just going to pass us by.”
When an experienced storm chaser in Oklahoma City has never seen anything like it—you know it’s bad.
CLICK HERE to read more about the scope of the tornado that killed 24 people including seven children.
KFOR-TV meteorologist Emily Sutton was only about a kilometre away from Monday’s deadly tornado just outside the city. She spoke to News Talk Radio's John Himpe on Tuesday.
Six communities outside of Saskatoon have stepped up their emergency preparations.
People from the Dalmeny, Langham, Warman, Martensville, Osler and Hepburn fire departments received special training for how to respond to building collapses.
"The training helped in the comfort level (for us) - what would need to be done, who we'd need to call and how to mitigate the incident. I think that's improved drastically," said Dalmeny fire chief, Rick Elder.
Regina fire crews helped contain a grass fire about 10 kms north of the city Tuesday afternoon.
Bales, grassland, and one shed went up in flames by a farmhouse just off of highway 6.
Luckily, strong winds blew the smoke and flames south, and away from a farmhouse just meters away. Nobody was injured.
If you live in a flood zone and you see waters rising what can you do to prepare?
Duane Mckay is with the province's emergency services and he says you want to make sure you can look after yourself by creating an emergency kit. It should include important medications, money, food and water.
CLICK HERE to read more tips on what to do during a flood.
A dozen train cars lay on their sides, blocking a grid road near Pense a day after a train jumped the tracks at a grid road crossing.
On Wednesday, crews were working to clear the scene and trying to re-lay the tracks.
The CN Rail train derailed at around 7 a.m. Tuesday. Warren Chandler, a spokesman with CN Rail, said they don't send out press releases when a derailment happens.
Chandler said the cars were carrying fertilizer.
"Seven of the fertilizer cars were leaking solid, granular fertilizer, which is not classified as a dangerous product."
The main plan of attack against flooding along Pasqua Lake is to fill and stack thousands of sandbags.
Filling 10,000 soundbags is the goal over the weekend, said Ken Hutchinson with the RM of Pasqua Lake.
The effort is an attempt to sidestep damage faced in the region after 2011 flooding.
"This time the people want to be more prepared, but at the same time, it's a lot of work... a lot of them have been through the flood of 2011, and it was a costly flood on our lake," he said.
The Canadian Forces sat down at desks in the Regina region to learn how to spring into action if a flooding emergency hits.
It is just a coincidence that the gathering comes at the same time as flooding concerns in the province, explained civilian public affairs officer Fraser Logan. The event was planned months in advance.
"The reason Regina was chosen is because it was roughly the geographic centre of all four Western Canadian provinces."