‘Intense’ low-pressure system bringing heavy rain, severe winds to Manitoba

An “intense” low-pressure system is bringing heavy rain to southern Manitoba on Tuesday, according to Environment Canada.

The weather agency issued a rainfall warning for several regions of the province on Tuesday, saying many areas have already been hit with 30 to 50 millimetres (mm) of rain; however 20 to 30 mm are still expected.

As the morning progresses, the heavy rain will lighten up, and eventually leave the region by evening.

Environment Canada noted that the rain will be accompanied by wind gusts of 80 to 90 km/h, which could make outdoor activities unsafe.

Drivers are reminded that if visibility is reduced, they should slow down, watch for tail lights and be prepared to stop.

The rain might also bring flooding to low-lying areas.

SEVERE WINDS

Environment Canada has also issued a wind warning for a number of southern Manitoba communities, saying a “powerful” Colorado low is bringing northerly winds of 60 to 90 km/h.

The severe winds are expects to diminish by Tuesday afternoon as the low moves into Ontario.

The weather agency noted that the wind could cause damage to buildings, including roof shingles and windows. The wind could also toss loose objects, which could cause injury and damage.

Manitobans are reminded that heavy winds could result in power outages and fallen tree branches. Drivers should expect dangerous driving conditions on highways experiencing strong cross winds.

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