2 booming thunderstorms crash through and soak southern Manitoba
Storms also caused power outages in many communities as well as flooded streets
A pair of storms rolled across southern Manitoba Wednesday night and into Thursday morning, likely waking up many people with a cannonade of booming thunder.
The storms — the first at 8 p.m. and the second around 2:30 a.m. — also drenched several places in the province while the skies were lit up with repeated flashes of lightning.
West Kildonan saw the most rain during the first storm with 46 millimetres, followed by Transcona with 31 mm and St. Vital at 30 mm.
The second storm increased those amounts on average by 15-20 mm across the city, according to Environment Canada meteorologist Shannon Moodie.
The highest total in the province fell in the Great Falls area, northeast of Winnipeg, which received 73 mm.
And it wasn't just rain. Dime-sized and quarter-sized hail fell in Winnipeg's Fort Richmond, south St. Vital and Elmwood neighbourhoods.
Meanwhile, loonie-sized hail pounded Boissevain in the southwest corner of the province.
The two storms brought more rain than Winnipeg typically gets for the entire month of September, according to CBC meteorologist John Sauder.
The normal total for the month is 47.4 mm. The two storms dropped an average of 62.9 mm in the city.
Combined with the many other wet days that September has already brought in just two weeks, this has become the rainiest month for Winnipeg since June 2016, Sauder said.
So far, 87.4 mm has fallen in Winnipeg, according to Weatherlogics, a weather research firm.
That's more than all of July and August combined, which saw just shy of 70 mm, said Sauder. And there's more on the way, he said, calling for showers on Saturday and Sunday.
The storms caused power outages in many communities as well as flooded streets. There were also reports of several traffic lights out in Winnipeg, which caused big delays during Thursday's morning rush hour.
A spokesperson for the City of Winnipeg said crews were out Wednesday night and Thursday morning responding to roughly 70 service requests due to the storms. The majority of calls were for plugged catch basins on streets and sewer backups.
For the latest updates on power outages, visit the Manitoba Hydro website.