Manitoba storms produce 100 km/h winds, hail, unconfirmed tornado

Originally posted on Metro News:

The clean up has begun after a s storm that blew through southern Manitoba produced 150 km/h winds and toonie-sized hail Sunday evening.

The larger hail was spotted in the Rural Municipalities of Cartier, MacDonald and others, and in several Winnipeg neighbourhoods, including Charleswood and St. James as the storm blew through Winnipeg.

Twitter users were blaming a tornado for flattening a home near St. Laurent, Man. St. Laurent is about 100 km northwest of Winnipeg. However, Brad Vrolijk, meteorologist with Environment Canada, said the damage was more likely caused by plow winds.

“Plow winds are straight-line winds that travel, well, in a straight line,” said Vrolijk. While winds at Winnipeg Airport reached 98 km/h, wind gusts in St. Laurent reached 150 km/h.

“That would definitely do considerable damage,” said Vrolijk.

Manitoba Hydro confirmed power outages all over southern Manitoba, Selkirk and in Fort Garry, Lindenwoods, River East and St…

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