Powerful wind wallops southwestern Manitoba in weekend storm

Click to play video: 'Hydro workers kept busy after strong Sunday winds knock out power'
Hydro workers kept busy after strong Sunday winds knock out power
Strong wind on Sunday knocked out power across the province as Hydro workers remained busy Monday – Jun 17, 2024

Southwestern Manitoba was hit hard by a weekend storm that rolled in from North Dakota on Saturday night into early Sunday.

Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologist Kyle Ziolkowski told 680 CJOB’s The Start that strong winds hammered the region, with an area near Boissevain and Deloraine seeing gusts of 120 km/h around 2 a.m. Sunday.

“There was damage reported in Dauphin — tree damage, trees being snapped,” Ziolkowski said.

“We had, in general, gusts from 90 to 100 km/h through that, and that was widespread from the Parklands area of Manitoba down through Brandon and parts of southwestern Manitoba.”

Ziolkowski said the Glenboro region experienced golf ball-sized hail, and funnel clouds were even spotted outside of Shilo, though an actual touchdown still has to be confirmed.

“We still have yet to confirm if that had actually touched down or not. It was hard to tell. We’ve got a video but it was past dark, so it was really difficult to see.

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“It’s something we’re going to have to investigate further.”

While the winds have mostly died down on Monday, Ziolkowski said more rain is expected in southern Manitoba, with about 10 to 15 millimetres in the forecast for much of the region.

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