Image: The wind kicked up something fierce Thursday afternoon and kept Emergency Services, B.C. Hydro and Greater Vernon Services crews busy as trees came down around town knocking out power and generally making a mess of things. Cory Bialecki/Morning Star
A freak wind storm blew through most of the Okanagan Valley’s cities and towns on Wednesday. The storm was caused by a massive cold front that dropped temperatures in the area by 8 C in less than a half-hour mixed with intense thunderstorms to produce winds of strong proportions. The storm crashed down power lines, pulled up trees and tore off branches as it ripped through the valley.