Freak funnel cloud whips past Wal Mart

A freak wind storm touched down at Canadian Tire on Saturday, sending carts crashing into parked cars.

A freak wind storm touched down at Canadian Tire on Saturday, sending carts crashing into parked cars.

“It was a big brownish dustball that sprayed cardboard 900 feet into the air,” said Bob Ross, an employee of Canadian Tire who saw the windstorm while pitching a tent in the garden centre.

He estimates the wind was moving objects 20 to 30 kilometres an hour.

The powerful dust devil formed above the Suburu and Kia dealership shortly after 5 p.m. and made its way across the Canadian Tire and Wal-Mart parking lots.

Shopping carts were sent sailing as it whipped across the asphalt. Three carts smashed into a pickup, denting the front of the vehicle as well as both sides.

“You couldn’t see anything because of the gravel and dirt that was kicked up,” said Terry Gallinger, a Wal-Mart greeter who was outside on break when the windstorm passed through.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in the Yukon before.”

According to witnesses, the funnel cloud lasted up to 15 minutes. (Vivian Belik)