Many residents in Winnipeg's North End didn't hear their morning alarm clocks Thursday morning. The reason? A vicious thunderstorm zapped some electrical lines, wiping out the power.
Manitoba Hydro spokesman Glen Schneider said the outage darkened a stretch of the city spanning all the way from Alfred Avenue to Inkster Boulevard.
At one point, around 5,000 customers were living in the dark.
Crews started working on the lines early in the morning, but the power wasn't fully restored until the noon hour. The outage impacted many traffic lights at several major intersections.
According to forecast reports, Winnipeg received some 18 mm in a very short period of time. The heaviest bands of rain hit southwest Manitoba. Pilot Mound and Cartwright received nearly 44 mm. Winds were very strong as well. At one point, gusts were clocked at nearly 100 km/h.
“The same cold front is now slicing through northwestern Ontario,” explains Brian Dillon, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network.
“There's a chance that some places could see heavy downpours and potentially damaging winds as the system sweeps through,” he adds.
For a closer look at the weather in your area, head to the Canadian Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV for up-to-date coverage.
With files from CBC