PHOTOS: Tornado, baseball-sized hail, gale-force wind batter Manitoba
WINNIPEG – A series of weather disturbances brought more trouble to flood-fighting Manitoba on the weekend.
A tornado was spotted a kilometre west of Hartney, Man., southwest of Brandon, at 9:50 p.m. Saturday, Environment Canada said. A combine header was moved about 70 metres by the winds at Hartney.
Funnel clouds were seen south of Elie, at Oak Bluff just south of Winnipeg, and west of Ste. Agathe as a storm moved through the area between 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday.
Hail was reported in western Manitoba, with reports of baseball-sized hail in Woodnorth, Man., near Virden, close to the Saskatchewan border.
In Brandon, 200 kilometres west of Winnipeg, trees were uprooted by 80 kilometre per hour winds on Friday evening, and 38 millimetres of rain fell in 15 minutes in a city already battling floodwaters.
Kelly Prouten said the winds sounded like a tornado and her family ran to the basement, fearing for their lives. On Sunday morning, they found trees had toppled and fences were torn down.
“Enough is enough,” she said.
Winds at Pilot Mound, Man., southeast of Brandon, hit 131 km/h, Environment Canada said.
The weather agency released the following list of weather events reported to them:
- Funnel cloud – 1:42 p.m., 10 kilometres south of Elie
- Funnel cloud – 2:50 p.m., Oak Bluff
- Funnel cloud – 3:32 p.m., west of Ste Agathe
- Golf-ball-sized hail – 9:06 p.m., Pipestone
- Baseball-sized hail – 9:15 p.m., Woodnorth
- Quarter-sized hail – 9:35 p.m., Oak Lake
- Nickel-sized hail – 9:43 p.m., Hartney
- Golf-ball-sized hail, 9:50 p.m., Hartney
- Combine header moved 75 yards – 9:50 p.m., Hartney
- Tornado – 9:50 p.m., 1 km west of Hartney
- 80 km/h winds – 10:00 p.m., Brandon
- Trees uprooted – 10:10 p.m., Brandon
- 38 mm rain in 15 minutes – 10:10 p.m., Brandon
- 131 km/h winds, 11:44 p.m., Pilot Mound
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