Thousands of Manitobans have been experiencing power outages as stormy weather rolls through the southeast part of the province.
As of 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Manitoba Hydro was reporting nearly 10,000 people without power, including 9,381 customers in Winnipeg, on its website.
Fifteen minutes later, that number had dropped to 2,262 in Winnipeg, and fewer than 2,600 provincewide.
Outages were affecting customers in Winnipeg’s Elmwood and St. Vital areas, the Crown corporation said in a tweet.
<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/mboutage?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#mboutage</a> We’re getting reports of outages in Elmwood and St. Vital areas. We have crews looking into it. No estimated time for restoration yet. <a href=”https://t.co/4nkh4tQq6v”>pic.twitter.com/4nkh4tQq6v</a>
Hydro crews had a busy Wednesday repairing toppled poles and broken power lines, after gusting winds swept through the Red River Valley earlier that morning.
On Wednesday evening, Environment Canada issued several severe thunderstorm watches and warnings, as well as heat warnings, for areas in the province’s southeast.
As of 8:52 p.m. CT, the agency was tracking a storm moving northeast that is capable of producing very strong wind gusts, nickel-size hail and heavy rain.
Severe thunderstorm warnings are currently in effect for:
- Manigotagan Black River Reserve.
- Hollow Water Reserve.
- Nopiming Provincial Park.
- RM of Alexander, including Powerview-Pine Falls.
- RM of Brokenhead, including Beausejour and Garson.
- RM of Springfield, including Anola and Birds Hill Provincial Park.
- RM of St. Clements, including Grand Beach, Brokenhead and Libau.
- RM of Piney, including Sandilands and Sprague.
- RM of Tache, including Lorette, Ste-Geneviève and Landmark.
- RM of Lac Du Bonnet.
- Seven Sister Falls.
- Pointe du Bois.
- RM of Whitemouth, including Elma.
Severe thunderstorm watches are also in effect for several other parts of southeastern Manitoba, including Winnipeg.
People in and around those areas should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and be prepared to take cover, Environment Canada says.
The agency issues severe storm warnings when thunderstorms are likely to produce, or are producing, large hail, damaging winds and torrential rainfall.
A cold front is expected to move through the province Wednesday night, bringing a return to more seasonal temperatures and humidity.
lac du bonnet, MB. 8:08pm. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/mbstorm?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#mbstorm</a> <a href=”https://t.co/D37quAZK1N”>pic.twitter.com/D37quAZK1N</a>
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