Sunday, August 9th 2020, 2:25 pm - The powerful storms produced a tornado near Alexander, Man., Thursday evening.
Intense thunderstorms rolled through southern Manitoba Thursday evening, prompting tornado warnings and producing at least one twister. The tornado occurred near Alexander, Man. around 5:40 p.m. local time.
Environment Canada first confirmed the tornado on Twitter, then assigned it an EF-0 rating on the Enhanced Fujita Scale Friday, with winds in the 90-150 km/h range.
As of August 17th, the tornado was updated to an EF-3 rating. Teams from The Northern Tornadoes Project (NTP) and the University of Manitoba collected data from the tornado site and determined that the winds were approximately 260 km/h and caused a lot more damage than initially assessed.
According to an RCMP report, there were two fatalities and one injury. Two vehicles were significantly displaced, trees and power lines were snapped, and farms were damaged.
Visuals of the tornado and severe storms can be found below. The storms also produced frequent lightning, quarter-sized hail, damaging wind gusts, and torrential rainfall, leading to localized flooding in some areas.
So we got hit with a Tornado and a flash flood. My car had 4 inches of water in it. My grandpas truck for totaled as well. We are ok just cleaning up flood damage and whatnot. I vaccumed most of the water out but im taking my car to the shop tomorrow for extra clean up. pic.twitter.com/TAD5bITjPx— 🍁 Onix Angel 🍁 (@That_Sky_Noodle) August 14, 2020
Stanley park is a mess after the passing storm this evening downed several beautiful trees. Another tree nearby fell across Lorne Ave. Between 15th and 16th. #mbstorm #bdnmb pic.twitter.com/RLktnE5Hgq— Matt Goerzen 🇨🇦 (@MattGoerzen) August 14, 2020
Went to help the neighbour (he is 87) between storms vaccinate his horses tonight. While we were finishing up my favorite clouds made an appearance 🧡🤎#mammatus #mbstorm #mbwx #sunset #neighbourhelpingneighbour #horses #sunset #farm #manitoba pic.twitter.com/nl9q8kS1ft— Judi Watt (@JBMEquiFarms) August 14, 2020
Took a drive around the @UniversityWard to check on some folks who I know were hard hit from the storm. On the way we helped pick up some debris off yards, roads, streets etc. Admittedly though this one got the best of me! 😳 #bdnmb #mbpoli #mbstorm pic.twitter.com/f2Mc7UZ9NV— Councillor Shaun Cameron (@shaun_cameron) August 14, 2020
Thumbnail courtesy of Kyle Brittain.