June 29, 2014 2:12 pm

Intense wind, rain hammering southern Manitoba

High winds in Winnipeg on June 29, 2014 caused this tree to fall on a car on River Avenue.

Riley McDermid

WINNIPEG-Through most of southern Manitoba intense wind is wreaking havoc. Winds up to 80 kilometres per hour are ripping trees out of the ground, causing siding to peel off houses and causing power outages through most of Manitoba.

Here’s how high the wind gusts were throughout Manitoba Sunday:

Brandon         96 km/h

Gimli 83 km/h

Oak Point 83 km/h

Winnipeg 81 km/h

Deerwood 81 km/h

Pilot Mound 74 km/h

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Heavy rainfall warnings are also continuing in southern Manitoba Sunday. The western half of the province including Dauphin, Swan River, Brandon, Virden and Killarney are under a rainfall warning. Environment Canada says, “Precipitation associated with this weather system is now situated over southwestern Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan and will slowly move northeastward into the western Manitoba parklands. Moderate to heavy rainfall will continue today on the backside of this system. An additional 30 to 50 mm of rain is expected over the next 24 hours with localized storm totals of 125 to 150 mm possible in areas close to the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border. Weather conditions will begin to improve later Monday.”

Saturday, the area was hit with heavy rainfall. Here’s total rainfall amounts from Friday to Sunday at 1:00 p.m. from Environment Canada:

Virden          137 mm

Pierson 124 mm

Brandon arpt 117 mm

Deloraine 116 mm

Moosehorn 112 mm

Neepawa 98 mm

Reston 97 mm

Forrest 92 mm

Hamiota 91 mm

Dauphin 88 mm

Birtle 86 mm

Eriksdale 86 mm

Melita 84 mm

Boissevain 78 mm

The intense amount of rain is raising flood fears. The community of Cromer, Manitoba, southwest of Virden has been evacuated. Reston is asking for help with sandbagging efforts.

 

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