Intense wind, rain hammering southern Manitoba – Winnipeg

WINNIPEG-Through most of southern Manitoba intense wind is wreaking havoc. Winds up to 80 kilometres per hour are ripping trees out of the ground, causing siding to peel off houses and causing power outages through most of Manitoba.

Here’s how high the wind gusts were throughout Manitoba Sunday:

Brandon         96 km/hGimli           83 km/hOak Point       83 km/hWinnipeg        81 km/hDeerwood        81 km/hPilot Mound     74 km/h

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Heavy rainfall warnings are also continuing in southern Manitoba Sunday. The western half of the province including Dauphin, Swan River, Brandon, Virden and Killarney are under a rainfall warning. Environment Canada says, “Precipitation associated with this weather system is now situated over southwestern Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan and will slowly move northeastward into the western Manitoba parklands. Moderate to heavy rainfall will continue today on the backside of this system. An additional 30 to 50 mm of rain is expected over the next 24 hours with localized storm totals of 125 to 150 mm possible in areas close to the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border. Weather conditions will begin to improve later Monday.”

Saturday, the area was hit with heavy rainfall. Here’s total rainfall amounts from Friday to Sunday at 1:00 p.m. from Environment Canada:

Virden          137 mmPierson         124 mmBrandon arpt    117 mmDeloraine       116 mmMoosehorn       112 mmNeepawa          98 mmReston           97 mmForrest          92 mmHamiota          91 mmDauphin          88 mmBirtle           86 mmEriksdale        86 mmMelita           84 mmBoissevain       78 mm

The intense amount of rain is raising flood fears. The community of Cromer, Manitoba, southwest of Virden has been evacuated. Reston is asking for help with sandbagging efforts.