Thousands still without power after Manitoba storms

Severe storms impacted several communities in southern Manitoba on Friday, bringing damaging winds and hail. These damaging winds knocked down power lines in several areas and power outages are still ongoing this morning.

"Here’s what the high winds did along Hwy 8. Crews still assessing full extent of the damage. If you encounter downed lines, stay at least 10 metres away." - Manitoba Hydro

ABOVE: current outages across southern Manitoba as of 9:20am CDT

"Gimli is one of the places hard hit by tonight’s storms with number of poles and lines down. Hoping to have most customers restored by early tomorrow morning." -Manitoba Hydro


"St. Andrews: over 24 poles in area severely damaged and need to be replaced. Expect outages to continue through the day. Additional construction resources brought in to support effort. Better estimate of restoration times early this afternoon." -Manitoba Hydro



More storms are possible today in southeastern Manitoba:

Manitoba

  • Area(s): Southeastern Manitoba

  • Timing: Saturday afternoon and early evening

  • Threats: 90 km/h wind gusts, 2-3 cm hail

Thunderstorm activity will be ongoing in the morning hours and will intensify in the southeast in the afternoon. A moderate threat for severe wind and hail will persist into the early evening hours when activity will then move into Ontario.