Television programming in Manitoba was regularly interrupted by emergency alerts warning of tornadoes moving toward small communities and at one point, toward the town of Virden, which has a population of about 3,000.
A town Twitter feed reported that local RCMP were pulling vehicles off the road and instructing drivers to take shelter, and others reported officers were telling people inside at least one convenience store to stay put until the storm passed.
“Virden radar shows it is almost here,” Mayor Jeff McConnell tweeted at one point. “Take cover now please! I want to see you in the morning.”
Power was knocked out in the town for a time and near midnight, Environment Canada confirmed that a tornado had hit an area northeast of the community.
Regina, meanwhile was deluged with 73 millimetres of rain, which caused localized flash flooding in some streets.
The Canadian Press | July 28, 2015 10:03 AM ET