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Storm clean-up in Manitoba could take weeks

Staff writers

July 31, 2012 — Residents across southern Manitoba are cleaning up after a round of severe thunderstorms moved through the region Sunday.

Strong winds knock down trees in Winnipeg
Strong winds knock down trees in Winnipeg

Monday was a day of cleaning up in southern Manitoba, after a series of wild storms hit the province Sunday.

"The low pressure system that brought severe weather into Alberta Saturday evening, moved into southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba Sunday afternoon," said Amanda De Monte, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Large hail and dark skies were reported across southern Manitoba, along with power outages, scattered debris and uprooted trees. Strong wind gusts of up to 100 km/h reportedly flattened a mobile home and caused damage in the Twin Lakes Beach area.

In some cases, homes were completely destroyed. The St. Laurent area of Manitoba was hit especially hard, with trees smashing on top of homes and cottages.

Despite the property damage, there were no reports of any serious injuries.

The city of Winnipeg took a direct hit from a storm, too. Callers to The Weather Network's Stormline reported hail the size of loonies and multiple downed trees.

Officials say it could take up to two weeks to clean the debris from the storm and may cost $200,000. An estimated 500 trees were either damaged or ripped out during Sunday's storm.

The same low pressure system also prompted tornado warnings in northern Ontario.

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