The last was in 2018 when a 77-year-old man was killed in a tornado in Alonsa, west of Lake Manitoba. Pederson said anyone with video or information about damage from the storm should reach out to Environment Canada by emailing [email protected]. - James Blacksmith closes his eyes and goes back to the moment he saw a pine tree viciously uprooted from the earth and topple onto his Jeep’s roof. Less than a week after surviving the tornado, Blacksmith saw the telltale dark sky forming while he was driving with a family member near the community of Alexander, 50 kilometres east of Virden. Crews had to wait for the power lines to be turned off before they cut off the Jeep’s driver’s door and helped him free.

“It was a pretty bad scene … This storm was large, very violent and it wasn’t anticipated,” said Iwasiuk, who added the tornado flipped a car before hitting a farm and damaging buildings and equipment. Nearby storm chasers and first responders rushed to the farmyard where damaged equipment was strewn across the property. But a death, let alone two, is rare. The tree landing on top of his vehicle. She said multiple people stopped to help before emergency crews arrived and extracted the man from the car, which landed on top of downed power lines. The twister eventually tossed the tree off, and the Jeep started tumbling and tumbling with Blacksmith inside.

The day's top stories delivered right to your inbox. - James Blacksmith closes his eyes and goes back to the moment he saw a pine tree viciously uprooted from the earth and topple onto his Jeep’s roof.

Blacksmith thinks back on the signs in the sky that night.

(Twitter/Jordan Carruthers (Manitoba Storm Chasers)) VIRDEN, Man. A monster tornado, pictured near Virden, Manitoba on Aug. 7, 2020. Misheyla Iwasiuk, a local storm chaser, said it was the biggest storm she’s seen in her life. The next few moments are a blur. “We were assisting a gentleman whose vehicle, unfortunately, was flipped over and he was trapped inside of it.”. Two people were killed Friday night when a tornado touched down approximately 16 kilometres south of Virden, ... Manitoba on Friday, August 7, 2020.

By the time I turned around and looked upwards, that’s when the tornado hit.”. Meteorologist Alysa Pederson described the twister as very large but said it’s not yet known how powerful and damaging it was. He pulled onto a farm property and under a row of pine trees hoping to shield his vehicle from an onslaught of hail. It’s difficult for the 54-year-old from the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation to reflect on the traumatic evening of Aug. 7 on a farm near Virden. #mbstorm @RadarOmega_WX @PrairieChasers, — Sean Schofer (@SeanSchofer) August 8, 2020, Several views of the violent tornado near Virden, MB earlier today Aug. 7, 2020. It came to a stop on its roof. The government agency says a damage survey will be completed today with the help of a team from the University of Manitoba. (Twitter/Jordan Carruthers (Manitoba Storm Chasers)). It’s especially hard remembering the white truck with a teenage couple inside pulling up beside him beneath the trees. Blacksmith says he was much further away when the twister touched down. There were some clouds, but most had passed towards the east. Incredible tornado south of Virden, MB #mbstorm @MyRadarWX @MisheylaIwasiuk, — Aaron Jayjack (@aaronjayjack) August 8, 2020, August 7, 2020 – 806pm – 7 miles south of Virden MB #mbstorm, — Dustin Freeman (@DusterMB) August 8, 2020, Rescue pulling up now. Blacksmith honked his horn to indicate he needed help.

The first sign of spring will, for one year only, be the last sign of autumn.

Wild weather isn’t uncommon in southwestern Manitoba and many farmers have tales of bins being thrown and barns toppled. (@706_kurtis) August 8, 2020.

“If that tree hadn’t landed on me, I think that tornado would have done more damage,” Blacksmith says.

The Aug. 7 tornado was the first major twister in Manitoba since 2018, when a tornado with 280 km/h winds hit Alonsa, Man. He had been at his brother’s house nearby and was driving home along Highway 83 around 8 p.m. Environment and Climate Change Canada recently upgraded the rating for the tornado to an EF-3 on the five-level Enhanced Fujita Scale, with estimated wind speeds of 260 km/h.


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