Tuesday afternoon a storm ripped through southern Manitoba leaving baseball-sized hail in some places. There were tornado warnings put in place by Environment Canada for parts of southern Saskatchewan to the west of Manitoba and for southern Manitoba as well on Tuesday afternoon.
A severe thunderstorm developed near Carberry, east of Brandon around noon. It moved southeast over the afternoon an into North Dakota in the US by late afternoon. There are photos of some of the hail. The two large ones seem a bit too large to be real to me and would produce severe damage to anything they hit. The storm lasted about four hours with large hail and quite strong wind gusts.
Norm Bruneau who runs an auto body shop in the small town of St Claude says that his staff have been busy all summer with repairs as there was hail earlier in June. He said although he had a lot of claims last year, this year would probably see even more. Hail damage can be quite localized. The monopoly Manitoba Public Insurance corporation or Autopac said that for the entire province hail claims are actually lower than last year over the entire province. As of July 19 this year there were 7,635 claims whereas last year on the same date there were 10,012. The numbers for this year may catch up after the recent storm.
An Enhanced Fujita Scale 1 tornado touched down at the Long Plain First Nation and the surrounding area traveling at least 8 kilometers. Chief of the Long Plain reserve Dennis Meeches said that roofs were blown off houses, trees uprooted and homes separated from their foundations. 47 homes were damaged seriously leaving almost 200 people displaced in a community of 2,400.
A nearby Hutterite colony was also struck. Large grain silos were dented beyond repair, and tractors were buried in debris. In Winnipeg the Manitoba capital the temperature dropped from 28 degrees C to 18 within an hour.
Hydro was knocked out by the wind in a number of locations. At the storm peak 16,000 to 20,000 in Winnipeg lost power. Throughout Manitoba 32,000 people lost power during the worst part of the storm.
The humidity was high before the storm. High humidex at Winnipeg was 42 C , at Brandon 43, and Portage La Prairie 45. Winnipeg had wind gusts of 98-107 kilometers an hour. Portage 122. At least three tornadoes were reported in southern Manitoba according to one report.
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Ken is a retired philosophy professor living in the boondocks of Manitoba, Canada, with his Filipina wife. He enjoys reading the news and writing articles. Politically Ken is on the far left of the political spectrum on many issues.