Extremely powerful northwest winds rushed through southern Manitoba this Thanksgiving Day.

It's the same system that blew through Saskatchewan on Sunday, causing numerous power outages, fallen trees, damage to buildings and overturned vehicles as winds gusted as high as 120 km/h in that province.

Strong winds

The winds were already causing some havoc in Winnipeg before the sun was up on Monday. This is on Highway 8 (McPhillips Street) at the Perimeter Highway. (Michel Saba/CBC)

Traffic directing

Police direct traffic on Portage Avenue at Vaughan Street Monday morning, where a power outage shut down the traffic lights. (Chris Glover/CBC)

Wind gusts up to 100 km/h ripped through the Red River Valley and southwestern Manitoba. 

The wind warning was called off early Monday afternoon.

The winds subsided in the afternoon from west to east as the system headed out of Manitoba and into Ontario.

Roof blown off

Rolled up roof

The roof of the Veterans Hall in Elie, Man., was ripped up by strong winds on Sunday night. (Courtesy Andrew Waldner )

Strong winds caused part of the roof of the Veterans Hall in Elie, Man., to be torn off.

The hall was serving as the advance polling station. Voters are now asked to go to the Elie Community Centre, across the street at 23 Main St.

Power outages

Manitoba Hydro spokesman Scott Powell said there has been sporadic outages across Manitoba caused by the high winds that have left 5,000 without power.

The Winnipeg neighbourhoods of Richmond West and Bridgewater Forest were affected and there were a couple outages southeast of Brandon.

St. Norbert was reduced to "partial power," with full outages also reported in Starbuck, Bloodvein, Berens River and Pauingassi.

"We have a lot of ... customer no-power calls throughout cottage country, the Interlake and stretching south to the Portage area, even up into Russell," Powell said, adding crews are busy working to repair outages across the south.

Winnipeg forecast

  • High 8 C.
  • Periods of rain end this morning then cloudy with 30 per cent chance of showers.
  • Rain amount 5-10 millimetres.
  • Winds diminish to 40-60 km/h near noon.
  • Clearing late in evening.
  • Wind becomes light late in evening.
  • Overnight low 2 C.

John Sauder's weather journal for Oct. 12