Power out for thousands in Winnipeg, surrounding areas as stormy weather rolls through

By | June 17, 2020

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 Boniface areas, the Crown corporation said in a tweet.

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.

Residents in affected areas are advised to keep an eye on forecasts and alerts as the potential for more hot, windy, stormy weather continues Wednesday evening.

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