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Damaging storm sweeps through Manitoba

Lightning strikes light up the sky
Lightning strikes light up the sky

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

June 28, 2010 — More active weather hammered the Prairies this weekend, with extensive damage reported in Manitoba.

Funnel cloud hangs over Rossburn, MB
Funnel cloud hangs over Rossburn, MB

Severe and active weather should come as no surprise to those in the Prairies these days.

Between tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm watches, the Prairie provinces have remained on the radar for the last couple of weeks now. And the situation this past week was no different.

Emergency management was in full swing in Steinbach, Manitoba on Saturday evening after a ferocious storm roared through the region. There were reports throughout the day of strong winds, nickel and golf ball sized hail and funnel clouds. There have been no confirmed reports of tornadoes, but the damage suggests otherwise. Trees were uprooted, which in turn affected buildings and cut power to hundreds of customers.

While Manitoba was mostly in the spotlight for active weather this weekend, Alberta and Saskatchewan have seen their fair share as well lately.

Thunderstorm risk continues for the Prairies
Thunderstorm risk continues for the Prairies

Just this past Friday, tornado warnings were issued for several areas in southern Saskatchewan.

As the last week of June begins, the provinces can expect to see a bit of an improving trend. High pressure has started to build in bringing warmer conditions to the area.

“It will be a warm and windy day today, but it won't be the complete dry out the region has been looking for,” explains The Weather Network's meteorologist Michelle Cassar. “Alberta and Saskatchewan still face a risk of some isolated severe thunderstorms throughout the day.”

For local weather forecasts in your area, click our Canadian Cities Index. You can also find out more about the rain in the Prairies by tuning into The Weather Network on TV. The National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of each hour.

With files from Jill Colton

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