MANITOBA – Environment Canada Investigators are in Long Plain First Nation assessing the damage left behind by a monstrous storm.
A tornado touched down around 7:00p.m., Wednesday near Portage la Prairie – tearing roofs from homes and throwing debris around.
Close to 20 families had to spend the night in an emergency shelter due to the damage.
Meteorologist Terry Lang tells 680 CJOB it’s a complex scene.
“Because of the way the tornado was we call it a rained wrapped or high precipitation super cell. All that means is there was quite a bit of rain associated with it, a lot of straight line winds, as well as tornadic damage.
Lang says two landspouts also touched down near Hartney and Souris in southwestern Manitoba.
She adds a storm of this magnitude isn’t that common in Manitoba.
“The storms that happened last night were born in southeastern Saskatchewan and made their way all across the province, so it covered a big swath. We know border to border there were reports of damage.”
Fortunately, there are no reports of injuries.
Meanwhile, Lang notes even though the hot weather is sticking around, we won’t get a storm like Wednesday’s.
“One thing that’s changed is the humidity. It’s still warm but the humidity has certainly gone down, so that should take away the probability of anymore severe storms. Certainly we expect some showers and thundershowers, but nothing as organized as we saw last night”.
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