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A tornado in Manitoba flipped a trailer three times — woman inside survived

Thursday, August 5th 2021, 6:03 am - On this day in weather history, a tornado hit Gull Lake, Manitoba.

This Day In Weather History is a daily podcast by Chris Mei from The Weather Network, featuring stories about people, communities and events and how weather impacted them.

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On Saturday, August 5, 2006, a tornado hit Gull Lake, Manitoba, a campground area 80 km northeast of Winnipeg. The twister uprooted trees, damaged boats, downed power lines, and destroyed around 23 trailers. One woman died, and three other people were injured.

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According to reports, the storm came on quickly without warning. Families were picnicking in the areas. Suddenly, hail started to batter the area, so people ducked for cover.

The woman who died was walking with her husband when the tornado hit. The man sustained injuries but ultimately survived.

Another survivor, Ken Leblanc, was with his family when the storm hit. He and his family stayed in the middle of their cottage as the storm battered the area. "My daughter-in-law was in the camper out the back and it flipped over three times," Leblanc shared with CBC News. The woman survived and walked away with only a few bruises.

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Dan Fulton, a meteorologist for Environment Canada, said that the storm brought hail the size of golf balls. "For sure it was a tornado," said Fulton.

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The twister first touched down at Patricia Beach at 5:19 p.m. and moved through and devastated Gull Lake.

To learn more about the Gull Lake tornado, listen to today's episode of "This Day In Weather History."

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