One thing you don’t want happening during extremely cold temperatures is power outages. Well as of 5:30am CST, Manitoba Hydro is reporting 504 customers across Manitoba without power (see below).
250 customers in Winnipeg are without power. With temperatures approaching -40C with wind chills in the -53, this is a dangerous situation.
Power is expected to be restored around 8-9am for some, but some have been reported to be without power for at least 4hrs.
4:04 AM CST Wednesday 30 January 2019 Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:
City of Winnipeg
A prolonged period of severely cold wind chills is expected. A bitterly cold Arctic air mass in combination with light northwesterly winds are producing extreme cold conditions over southern Manitoba. Wind chill values of -45 to -52 are being observed across the region. These dangerous wind chill values will remain in place over southern Manitoba tonight with gradual improvement beginning on Thursday. Information regarding how to prepare for episodes of extreme cold can be found at the Province of Manitoba health web site:
Extreme cold puts everyone at risk. Watch for cold related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes. Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill. Keep emergency supplies in your vehicle such as extra blankets and jumper cables. If it's too cold for you to stay outside, it's too cold for your pet to stay outside. Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.
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