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Storms batter parts of southern Manitoba

Stormy Weather
Stormy weather could return to Southern Manitoba. Submitted by: Otto Hamm

WINNIPEG –  Severe thunderstorms made their way across parts of southern Manitoba Wednesday evening with some parts of the province dealing with flooding.

In Brandon, 60 millimetres of rain fell in an hour making it difficult to get around the city.

St. Pierre Jolys also had their fair share of precipitation. Environment Canada told Global News that 75 mm of rain fell prompting flooding in that region and the closure of highway 59 south.

All this stormy weather seemed to miss Winnipeg. The city was under a severe thunderstorm watch for most of Wednesday until just after 10 p.m. However, the city was never upgraded to a warning, and didn’t see much in the way of rain.

It was a different story in Morris. 100 kilometre an hour winds and toonie size hail descended upon the community. There were no reports at this hour of any major damage.

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Environment Canada could not confirm, but believe an area west of Souris received close to 100 mm of rain.

July has been a fairly dry month, and some may rejoice at the thought of more rain on the way.  A system coming up from the United States will bring more precipitation to Winnipeg and most of southern Manitoba on Thursday. Temperatures will cool down, but the humidity will remain high making it still feel very warm and keeping the air unstable leaving the threat for more thunderstorms to develop.