Wild weather ravages Manitoba, Sask.

A large tree fell on a car in the 400-block of River Avenue Saturday night. The tree's trunk is at...

A large tree fell on a car in the 400-block of River Avenue Saturday night. The tree's trunk is at the front of the car and, laying down, stretches across the lot and into the back lane. (David Larkins/QMI Agency)

David Larkins, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- High winds and plenty of rain served up nasty and dangerous weather throughout much of southern Manitoba and parts of Saskatchewan Saturday night and most of Sunday.

From Winnipeg to cottage country up to Countryfest in Dauphin, the weather wreaked havoc on Manitoba and Saskatchewan with roads washed out and falling branches and trees knocking out power in many areas.

A large tree in an apartment parking lot crushed a small car on River Avenue overnight, and Manitoba Hydro crews worked a scene on Logan Avenue Sunday morning after a lightning strike knocked out a transformer in the area.

Eastbound lanes on Logan were blocked off to traffic and caution tape was put up from Arlington Street to near Sherbrook Street.

"We've got most of the major outages, the large-scale ones in the city have been cleaned up, but we have pockets ... where they're not hugely serious issues, but they take time to resolve," Hydro spokesman Scott Powell said.

Powell said the most significant outages occurred in River East where separate outages knocked out power to 1,300 and 1,100 customers, and in Fort Garry where another 1,300 customers were affected. He said there were numerous calls in the Interlake, Westman and Eastman, as well, with high winds generally the culprit.

He stressed residents should stay away from downed power lines or trees that may have fallen on power lines.

"I can't stress it enough: Don't go near them," he said. "Assume they're live, stay away, keep others away from them and call Manitoba Hydro so we can get a crew out there. It might take us a little bit of time, but it's not worth the risk to do it yourself."

Heavy rainfall warnings were issued for parts of southwestern Manitoba and Parkland on Sunday. Environment Canada said since Friday, Brandon received 117 mm of rain as of 1 p.m. on Sunday, while Virden received 137 mm and Pierson 124 mm.


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