High wind advisories issued

Winds to diminish in early evening

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Strong winds gusting as high as 90 km/h are blowing through cottage country today, prompting high wind advisories from the province and Environment Canada.

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Strong winds gusting as high as 90 km/h are blowing through cottage country today, prompting high wind advisories from the province and Environment Canada.

A low pressure system in central Manitoba is creating the strong winds over the north basin of Lake Winnipeg. Areas most affected are Popular River, Berens River, Little Grand Rapids, Bloodvien and Atikaki, Environment Canada released.

The weather agency said the winds will diminish early in the evening.

Noreen Duncan / For Winnipeg Free Press Local officials say a persistent high wind is wreaking havoc at Lundar Beach today. Waves are slamming in and splashing over dikes. In at least one case some sandbags have been knocked over and a dike is being repaired. Some repairs and maintenance are needed on clay dikes as well. Homes and cottages are being saved by dikes. They are still dry inside.

The province also issued a high wind alert for the east shore and southeast corner of the south basin of Lake Manitoba. Communities include Twin Lakes Beach, St. Laurent and Lundar Beach, where winds have reached 56km/h.

Winds in the south basin of Lake Winnipeg were clocked at 63 kilometres per hour, which is expected subside this evening.

High wind alerts are also in effect for tomorrow for the south basin of Lake Winnipeg, which includes the communities of Gimli, Chalet Beach, Grand Marais and Victoria Beach.

Rain is also in the forecast, as an unstable weather system makes its way in from the west, expected to bring 10 mm of rain by Saturday morning in the Souris and Red River basins. Localized storms are expected to bring 30 mm of rain over central Manitoba.

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Updated on Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:17 PM CDT: Corrects story

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