Storm blitzes Manitoba with intense lightning, heavy rain

WINNIPEG – A Prairie thunderstorm rolled across southern Manitoba Thursday night, bringing heavy rain and wild light shows to many communities.

Holland had ping-pong-ball-sized hail, Environment Canada reported. While general rain amounts were 20 to 30 millimetres, Portage la Prairie got 76 mm. The Richardson International Airport had 11 mm of rain, but other areas of the city may have had more, as localized amounts spiked higher.

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The highest preliminary rainfall amounts reported by Environment Canada were:

  • Portage la Prairie – 76 mm;
  • Pinawa – 56 mm;
  • Starbuck – 51 mm;
  • St. Pierre – 50 mm;
  • Selkirk – 42 mm;
  • Gimli – 32 mm; and
  • Carman – 30 mm.
Light brings out the Prairie colours as a storm moves over southern Manitoba Thursday. Submitted by Priscilla Kerr Hatae / Global News
Nancy MacAulay says the wind didn't know which way to go as a storm blew in over Rock Lake, Man., Thursday night. Submitted by Nancy MacAulay / Global News
An airplane comes in to the Winnipeg airport as a storm brews at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Submitted by Mark-Stacie Burnell-Edgar / Facebook

The Winnipeg forecast Thursday calls for clearing skies this morning but a 30 per cent chance of showers this evening with a risk of thunderstorms. Although it won’t be as hot as Thursday, Friday will be another hot and humid day, with the humidex making it feel above 30. Saturday and Sunday should have good lake weather, with clear skies and highs around 30 C.

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