Monday, June 29th 2020, 1:28 pm - Parts of Manitoba saw more than 150 mm of rainfall Sunday, leading to widespread flashing flooding, and a brief tornado touchdown during the powerful thunderstorms.
Multiple rounds of severe thunderstorms marched through Manitoba Sunday, bringing torrential downpours that caused widespread flash flooding in communities such as Brandon, stranding motorists in the fast-rising waters.
Brandon received a staggering 155.5 mm of rain thanks to the slow-moving, nearly stationary, track of the storms. Minnedosa and Forrest also received more than 150 mm of rain, with 135 mm dropping on Rivers, 120 mm on Alonsa and 115 mm on Newdale. At one point Sunday evening, Brandon Police Service tweeted that dozens of vehicles were stranded in several feet of water.
Meanwhile, Environment and Climate Change Canada confirmed a rain-wrapped tornado touched down briefly near Rapid City. There were reports of snapped trees and property damage in the area. There is no rating at this time, as the agency continues to investigate.
Golf ball-sized hail was also reported with the storms near Oakburn and Shoal Lake, west of Riding Mountain National Park.
TORNADO-WARNED STORMS BRING HEAVY RAIN, FLASH FLOODING
As the storms were occurring, photos and videos of the impacts quickly surfaced on social media. Below is a selection of what is currently making the rounds online.
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MORE VISUALS FROM THE STORM
Thumbnail courtesy of Vikash Tailor.