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Rain, wind cancel some flights at Winnipeg airport

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Vehicles splash through a deep puddle at Notre Dame Avenue and Border Street Sunday.


Vehicles splash through a deep puddle at Notre Dame Avenue and Border Street Sunday. Photo Store

Some flights have been cancelled or delayed due to the onslaught of rain, spokeswoman Felicia Wiltshire said.

"With the winds and all the water, it’s making the runways slick," said Wiltshire, adding travellers who have scheduled flights should check the status of their flight beforehand by going to

Trees are toppled across the city and power is out in some neighbourhoods thanks to last night’s storm that brought strong winds and rain.

Branches and whole trees were lying across the roads in the North End Sunday morning, blocking cars and in some cases, damaging parked vehicles.

Florine Hotomani said she was up at 5 a.m., but didn’t hear a large tree that had fallen in front of her house on Pritchard Avenue between Charles and Salter Streets, and narrowly missed her van.

She phoned 311 around 7 a.m., but was told someone else had already called.

Scott Powell, a spokesman for Manitoba Hydro, said there were several large power outages this morning, but most of them have been resolved.

Around 1,170 customers in North Kildonan were without power this morning, but back on the grid by 10 a.m., Powell said.

Fort Garry was also hit by outages. Around 1,300 customers were affected there, Powell said, and were back by about 6:10 a.m.

Southern Manitoba is still affected by outages. The Interlake is one of the biggest areas affected, Powell said, and "wherever these high winds are, that’s what causes the problem," Powell said.

Other outages have been affecting people throughout the city, though Powell said they’re mostly localized, caused by trees falling onto power lines.

"In many of these cases, finding the cause of the outage is what takes more time because you’ve got to actually physically patrol the line, take a look at it, and find where that issue is before you can even begin to resolve the problem," he said.

Those outages won’t affect a large number of customers, but will still take time to resolve, he said.

"They could affect 10 customers, or six, or three, but it takes the same amount of time to respond to that as one with 800," he said.

If people see a downed power line, Powell said to stay away, and not touch any part of it, but call Manitoba Hydro.

The duration of the storm will be the deciding factor in how fast crews can clean up the trees and bring power back on, Powell said.

"If we continue to see these high winds, it’s anybody’s guess," he said.

Michelle Bailey, a spokeswoman for the city, said since Friday there have been 150 calls about broken, hanging, or fallen branches and trees.

Bucket-trucks are out removing bigger trees that are blocking roads. Most damage was in the north part of the city when the storm started, but she said reports are now coming in about damage in the south end as well.

"There’s a lot of damage. It’s been busy. And we’re looking for more. It’s not slowing down right now," she said.

Meantime, an unseasonably intense storm system centred over the Dauphin area this morning is producing strong westerly to southwest winds over southwestern Manitoba and the Red River Valley today.

Winds gusting to 70 or 80 km/h are being reported with a peak gust to 97 km/h at Brandon Airport earlier this morning.

There are several reports of tree branches down along with local power outages.

Rob Paola, a severe weather meteorologist for Environment Canada, said the storm is unusual for this time of year.

"It’s a rather unseasonably intense system. This is the kind of storm system we’d expect in spring or fall," Paola said.

The damage was more extensive in southern Manitoba, he said.

Brandon has received 106 mm of rain since Friday, while Dauphin has received 80 mm. Along the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border, there have been unofficial reports of up to 200 mm of rain, he said, and some municipalities  are piling up sandbags to prevent water damage.

Winds will continue today, going up to 80 km/h, and the rain will continue until Tuesday Paola said, but the worst is behind us.

"This storm has basically bottomed out in its intensity, but it’s still a strong system for the next 24 hours anyways," he said.

The wind is expected to stay strong into this evening before easing off overnight as the storm system weakens.

Until then, residents in the advisory area should be aware of the potential for further local tree damage and power outages today due to these strong winds.

And, it’s going to rain for at least a few more days.

Environment Canada is forecasting a high of 21 C with rain. 

By Wednesday, Winnipeg should see several days of uninterrupted sunshine.


Updated on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 11:38 AM CDT: Adds details, weather statement and two pictures.

12:26 PM: Adds Environment Canada meteorologist

12:39 PM: Adds Hydro's Scott Powell

5:04 PM: adds airport details

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