WINNIPEG – High winds caused extensive damage across the city including knocking over signs, garbage bins, snapping trees and spreading grass fires with gusts of up to 87 kilometres per hour.
Environment Canada issued a wind warning for large portions of southern Manitoba. The winds were expected to be 60 kilometres per hour, gusting to 90. The warning was lifted Wednesday afternoon but a Warning Statement remains in effect with strong south winds 50 kilometres per hour gusting to 80.
Winds Wednesday morning and early afternoon were strong enough to cause damage to buildings’ roof shingles and windows.
“Loose objects could be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage,” the Wednesday morning Environment Canada alert says.
The wind warnings have ended but drivers should still be prepared for strong winds while taking to the road.
People with dust, pollen or related allergies may also want to take precautions, as reduced visibility from blowing dust is also possible because of the dry surface conditions.
Communities where the wind warnings have ended:
- Portage la Prairie, Headingley, Brunkild and Carman;
- Steinbach, St. Adolphe, Dominion City, Vita and Richer;
- Morden, Winkler, Altona, Emerson and Morris;
- Selkirk, Gimli, Stonewall, Woodlands and Eriksdale; and
- Dugald, Beausejour and Grand Beach.
While the day will be windy, it will also be warm.
Wednesday’s temperatures could be record-breaking in multiple southern Manitoba communities, with a forecast high of 24 C for Winnipeg. The record high for April 15 in Winnipeg is 24.1. It was set in 2006.
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