Hail, funnel clouds wreak havoc, cause train derailment in Southern Manitoba

Click to play video: 'Lightning sparks grass fire in Winnipeg'
Lightning sparks grass fire in Winnipeg
A series of storms rolled through southern Manitoba and sparked grass fires in Winnipeg, which has been dealing with numerous grass fires over the past week thanks to dry conditions – Jun 8, 2019

It was a dark and stormy night, and many woke up Saturday to damage across Southern Manitoba.

Wind gusts up to 133 km/h were recorded in some parts of the province after a windy Friday and temperatures that reached 36 C in the town of Carman and the mid-30s for the rest of Southern Manitoba, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Thunderstorms rolled through for most of the afternoon and evening as a cold front moved across the province.

Some places lost power. Other places lost trees, barns, shingles, roofs and more.

Funnel clouds were spotted but no official tornadoes have been reported.

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Grass fires popped up as lightning tore through Winnipeg.

A family farm in St. Andrews escaped injury after their barn blew over.

Storms around Portage la Prairie produced golf ball-sized hail.

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Winds are even suspected in a train derailment near Portage la Prairie.

CN confirmed 23 rail cars derailed and that there were no spills and no one was hurt. One crossing is blocked while officials investigate

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The thunderstorms are likely to continue throughout Saturday, said Environment and Climate Change Canada, but not as severe.

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