Storm leaves trail of destruction

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A severe thunderstorm rolled through CFB Shilo late Thursday afternoon, bringing with it heavy winds that toppled three poplar trees near the First Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery’s lot and the water treatment plant. The largest of the trees was uprooted in the storm.

Cleanup crews were quickly on hand at various locations around the base, including the golf course. The storm was over in less than 30 minutes, leaving a trail of minor destruction in its wake. The weather event is being compared to the wind storm of 2014.

It’s been a summer of wild weather in Westman so far. After a chilly and wet spring, baseball-sized hail came to some parts of Westman in late June, including the rural municipality of Russell-Binscarth.

Tornado warnings were issued in parts of Westman on June 23, including Russell-Binscarth, Minnedosa, and Riding Mountain National Park. Three weeks ago, Austin, located around 80 kilometres from Brandon, was hit with 101.9 millimetres of rain.

Miranda Leybourne, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brandon Sun

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