Brandonites got an early wakeup call on Friday morning when a severe thunderstorm line sweeping the province passed over the city in the pre-dawn hours.
The storm brought with it torrential downpours, hail observed to in some cases be as large as loonies, strong wind gusts along with frequent lightning and thunder.
Unofficially eBrandon’s rain gauges at two points in the city suggested amounts upwards of 15mm falling over the period with at least one separate report in one part of the city showing an amount nearly double that. Official totals will come when later issued by Environment Canada.
The heavy deluge in a short period of time caused its share of overland flooding including the vicinity of the notorious 18th Steet and Richmond Ave intersection where vehicles were stalled and many others testing the depth of water they could handle on their morning commute. Compounding flooding issues is the later-than-normal time of the year for such a storm and the presence of leafs clogging storm drains.
Environment Canada had issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the city just after 5:30am, later upgrading to a warning with the storm approaching just after 6am.
The storm warning was ended just before 7am after the worst had passed with a since-dropped watch remaining in effect until just after 9am.
On Thursday Environment Canada had advised of the possibility for severe weather in Southern Manitoba both on Friday morning and then again later on Friday evening. Currently the hourly forecast for Brandon shows the potential for another round beginning in the 4pm hour.
Hail as large as loonie size fell before 6:30am
Vehicles travel on Richmond Avenue following downpours
A common sight this morning, sanitation staff removes leaf debris from blocking a neighbourhood storm drain
Updated: Sept 20, 9:10am. Updated with dropped watch
Updated: Sept 20, 7:42am. Added video