MANITOBA – Manitoba Hydro is feverishly working at restoring power for those affected by Wednesday night’s big storm.
At last count, 2800 customers were without electricity and the areas are scattered throughout southern Manitoba.
Morden was hit the hardest, by wind gusts of 110 km/h. The Interlake and Steinbach also had some outages, although they’re mostly fixed. Lac du Bonnet and Arborg were also dealing with some outages.
“What we’re seeing are very, very high winds in certain cases and very localized damage,” said Scott Powell of Manitoba Hydro.
Powell said that there were over 9000 customers affected by the outages on Wednesday night.
He also pointed to fallen trees as the main cause for the power loss, with trees being weakened in the storm over the long weekend and then falling down on power lines during Wednesday’s storm.
Last night’s storm triggered two tornadoes south of Brandon.