Brandon found itself in the path of one of the year’s most severe thunderstorms early Thursday evening as a system packing heavy rain, high winds and the threat for much more passed through the city over the supper hour.
Beginning just after 6pm, the weather event began a half hour onslaught of rain that local gauges unofficially indicated exceeded 20mm.
The same storm spawned a tornado West of the City in the area of Alexander, resulting in a Tornado Warning for the Brandon area including the city itself in the minutes leading up to 6pm. As a result the Emergency Alert System sent notifications to local devices, advising to take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches. Brandon's emergency siren was also sounded for the second time this storm season following June 28's severe weather event.
By the time the system had passed around 6:30pm there had been no known reports of a tornado in Brandon. By 6:45pm the city was once again home to sunny blue skies.
Assessment in the aftermath was ongoing, with countless downed trees and branches and overland flooding noted in many areas. Manitoba Hydro’s Outages page as of 8:40pm was showing more than 50 outages effecting nearly 6000 customers in the aftermath in the Brandon and Cornwallis area.
Multiple trees and branches downed on the Keystone Centre grounds
And another across a fence at the Keystone
Tree downed on Richmond Ave
Water, water everywhere
When you're all out of angles to show what happens to Richmond during a storm, go up... way up! ;)
Brandon also received a shot of rain in the morning as part of a separate storm unofficially pegged at more than 15mm. In combining totals of the day's two storms, the August 13 record of 29mm (1950) is likely in jeopardy depending on what official Environment and Climate Change Canada totals end up showing. In a summer that will go down in the history books for its record-breaking rain, Sunday’s moisture brought to an end a relatively dry period for the city. Brandon had seen a cumulative total of just 1.4mm of precip in the month of August and 25.4mm dating back to July 13.
As of 7pm Brandon remained under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch with a Tornado Warning being in effect for points further East including the Municipality of Glenboro-South Cypress and the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford including Neepawa and Carberry. For most current weather alerts from ECCC, please visit https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?mb7
Updated: Aug 13, 8:38pm. Added pictures