Wind and tornadoes were also major concerns. Pipestone, Manitoba seems to be the hardest hit town from that stand point. Minor to major structural damage occured there... and it is possible that it may be due to a tornado (Environment Canada will be investigating). Conditions were definitely favourable for tornadic development thanks to veering wind profiles, as well as southeast winds at the surface.
@lovestormsmb and I were out spotting the storms. We left the city late in the morning and arrived in Carlyle, Saskatchewan by mid afternoon. By then, things were already looking quite ominous with a supercell west of town. We headed a bit west to get closer and then followed the storms all the way back to Winnipeg and arrived back home just before midnight. The storms produced spectacular lightning, which was at times almost constant. Several cloud-to-ground strikes occured as well (see lightning videos below). The storms had an amazing structure as well (see pictures below).
First off, here's a collection of lightning strikes that I managed to film:
Now the pictures!
|2:54 pm close to Saskatchewan border looking west|
|3:32 pm just west of Carlyle, Saskatchewan on highway 13 looking southwest|
|3:51 pm on highway 605 south of Risbey, Saskatchewan looking west|
|4:37 pm south of Carlyle, Saskatchewan looking west|
|5:33 pm on highway 2 west of Reston, Manitoba looking west|
|6:58 pm along highway 2 west of Souris, looking southwest|
|8:15 pm just east of Ninette, Manitoba on highway 23 looking west|
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