Thousands without power in western Manitoba as Hydro warns of storms and gusty winds causing ‘significant’ damage

Manitoba Hydro crews were working to restore electricity to thousands of homes that lost power due to Saturday’s storm in western Manitoba, as high winds continued to cause problems with restoration efforts.

The outage knocked out power to thousands of homes in the southwest. Manitoba Hydro said on social media Sunday evening that extended outages are expected to impact customers in Brandon and Killarney, as well as Dauphin, Swan River, Neepawa, Russell and Virden.

“Despite our efforts, damage from the storm and high winds is significant and widespread,” the utility reported shortly before 7 p.m. “Customers should be without power overnight.”

Meanwhile, an Environment Canada high wind warning was still in effect for the region on Sunday. The federal agency said wind gusts of more than 55 miles per hour were expected in the afternoon, although speeds were expected to decrease in the evening.

“Damage can occur to buildings, such as shingles and windows. Loose objects can be thrown by the wind and cause injury or damage,” Environment Canada said.

The strong wind warning applies to the following areas:

  • Brandon-Neepawa-Carberry-Treherne
  • Dauphin – Russell – Roblin – Winnipegosis
  • Killarney – Pilot Hill – Manitou
  • Melita – Boissevain – Turtle Mountain Provincial Park
  • Minnedosa – Riding Mountain National Park
  • Ste. Rose – McCreary – Alonsa – Gladstone
  • Virden-Souris
  • York

Highway 9, from Highway 27 to a mile north of Highway 101, near East St. Paul, was closed after 6 p.m. due to a downed power line.