At 4:50 pm, a cyclone, or tornado, with winds estimated at 500 mph (800 kph) touched down south of Regina and traveled north through residential areas, the business district, rail yards and the warehouse district. The storm killed 28 people, left 2,500 of the approximately 32,000 residents homeless and caused $1.2 million in property damage (estimated to be over $30 million in 2017 dollars). Railway buildings were badly damaged, and railway cars were ripped from their tracks and tossed around like toys.
The city required residents left homeless by the storm to pay a nightly fee for the use of cots, and also charged for the cost of cleaning up debris from their demolished properties. An unemployed actor, just beginning to use the stage name Boris Karloff, worked clearing debris for 20 cents an hour.