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Another round of severe storms wallop the Prairies

Staff writers

July 25, 2012 — A series of severe thunderstorms have swept across the Prairies this week, bringing dark clouds, hail, lightning -- and even a few tornadoes.

Photo courtesy: Raegan Vollman, Balgonie, SK
Photo courtesy: Raegan Vollman, Balgonie, SK

Localized flooding and power outages were reported in Alberta and Manitoba Wednesday as severe storms pounded both provinces.

By 5 a.m., Steinbach, Manitoba had seen 80 mm of rain, causing serious flooding on roadways and causing traffic delays. Rain and power outages were reported across Edmonton, along with thunder and hail in both provinces. 

This latest round of rainy weather marks the third consecutive day of storms in the Prairies.

On Monday, thunderstorms  moved across parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan, bringing dark skies, damaging winds and heavy rain.

Fire fighters responded to an Edmonton house fire allegedly started by a lightning strike, and multiple tornadoes warnings were issued, but dropped shortly after.

The next day, five confirmed tornadoes touched down in Saskatchewan -- two near Balgonie, and others near Southey, Fillmore and Grenfell. 

Storm chasers in the area reported significant debris on a nearby farm, but say it's likely the tornado mainly hit an open field.

No injuries have been reported.

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