WINNIPEG — The roof of an apartment complex in Garden City suffered major damage following Wednesday’s severe thunderstorm.
A large chunk of the roof was left dangling after the storm ripped through Winnipeg and pieces of the building were laying across the lawn and properties at Leila Avenue.
Maureen Frost lives in the building and tells Winnipeg’s Morning News a lot of of the units are now flooded.
“We’ve got water in all the hallways and a lot of the condominiums have water. They’re still assessing damage,” said Frost.
Environment Canada reports Winnipeg received wind gust of 98 to 107 km/h.
“It was amazing that something like that could rip through and thank God no one got hurt from it,” said Frost.
Manitoba Hydro was scrambling throughout the night with outages popping up all over the city and province.
Thousands of customers were still in the dark as of Thursday morning in Winnipeg, according to spokesperson Scott Powell.
“Primary areas – we’ve got Boyd Street, Arlington, certain areas of Southdale and a number of scattered pockets throughout the city,” said Powell who added that at one point Wednesday night 26,200 customers were without power in Manitoba.
Powell said a variety of issues caused the outages including: wind, downed trees and lightning.
It appears St. Andrews was hit hard with the utility reporting widespread damage. It’s unclear how many customers are affected. Restoration time is approximately 4:30 p.m.
It’s unclear when the power will be fully restored.
Many traffic lights across town were still out Thursday morning.
Outside of the city, Environment Canada reported a tornado on Long Plain First Nation near Portage la Priarie that caused widespread damage between 6 and 7 p.m.
A pair of funnel clouds were reported in the area of Hartney, one of which may have briefly touched down, according to the Weather Office.
Tennis ball sized hail was reported west of Melita. Ping pong ball sized in Sinclair.
Golf ball sized hail reported at Brandon which also reported 22 mm of rain in one hour.
Manitobans took to social media to share the storm damage in their area, including Lisa Dyck who owns Cornell Creme who owns a farm east of Winnipeg situated between Anola and Beausejour off highway 302.
“The whole roof our barn is gone, it was just peeled off and it flew onto my in-laws’ garage and wrapped itself around their house,” Dyck said and mentioned no one was hurt, neither were any cows.
Damage at the Airport
Winnipeg’s James Richardson International airport wasn’t spared from the monstrous storm that blew through the city.
Pascal Bélange with the Winnipeg’s Airport Authority says some of their hangers were damaged.
“It’s basically like a round tent that was partially ripped off as a result of the high winds. Overnight we made some assessments of the damage and removed the whole thing, so they’re working on it today.”
Bélange says a few flights were delayed or diverted while the storm passed through.
This is our barn pic.twitter.com/bDSEwfbGPk— Lisa Dyck (@LisaDyckpdq) July 21, 2016
Tornado hit long plain by portage today. pic.twitter.com/3t2sPjUJfx— Sonia Prince (@soniaprince) July 21, 2016