Strong long lived thunderstorms developed over east central Saskatchewan Thursday afternoon and tracked southeastward into the Lake of The Woods area by daybreak on Friday. These storms generated a large swath of golfball and larger hail from east central Saskatchewan into west central Manitoba late Thursday afternoon and evening then transformed into more severe winds as they continued tracking southeast from Lake Manitoba through Winnipeg and finally into the Lake of The Woods area during the overnight hours. The hail caused significant crop damage and several reports of windows smashed in houses and cars over west central Manitoba. (image shows sample of baseball size hail that fell in Dauphin)
The following are the preliminary severe events in Manitoba reported to Environment Canada up to 4 AM Friday.
Time of event location of event event type and comments
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4:05 PM .... Narol - Nickel sized hail
4:23 PM ..... pine ridge golf course - loonie sized hail
4:24 PM ..... Oakbank - Nickel sized hail
6:30 PM ..... 6 km west of San Clara - golfball sized hail
8:05 PM ..... Roblin - golfball sized hail
8:15 PM ..... 32 km nw of Dauphin - loonie sized hail
8:33 PM ..... Dauphin - 56 mm of rain in just over one hour.
8:44 PM ..... Dauphin - baseball sized hail. Extensive damage to cars, buildings and crops. Virtually every roof and car left outside in Dauphin suffered hail damage. Hail damage will likely exceed $50M. One of the most severe storms ever to affect area.
8:50 PM ... 8km south of Grandview - hen-egg sized hail.
9:20 PM .... Gilbert Plains - loonie sized hail.
9:35 PM .... Ste. Rose - Nickel sized hail.
10:15 PM ... 7 km east of Alonsa - golfball sized hail.
11:50 PM ... Delta beach - wind gust to 117 km/h.
1:15 to 1:30 AM .... Winnipeg - numerous reports of nickel to loonie sized hail and strong winds. Winnipeg airport had peak wind gusts of 100 km/h. Northern half of city was most affected with many trees down. One of the "top 10" storms for tree damage according to city forester. About 30 mm of rain fell over the north end of the city while areas south of Portage Ave received little or no rain.