1 dead after tornado touches down near Alonsa, Man.


A man has died after a tornado touched down in the Alonsa, Man., area on Friday night, RCMP confirmed.


The 77-year-old man was found dead outside his residence, which was destroyed, an RCMP spokesperson said Saturday.

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The tornado that touched down near the small Manitoba community of Alonsa, Man., on Friday night may have been on the ground for up to 45 minutes, Environment Canada says. 

The weather agency has confirmed that a tornado touched down near the community, 165 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, at about 9 p.m. Friday. 

Mike Russo, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said reports of how long the storm was on the ground are still unconfirmed.

But a team of three people are heading to the area Saturday morning to survey the damage and gather details on what exactly took place, he said. 

They won’t be able to confirm how intense the storm was until the team arrives and starts gathering details, he said.

Vanessa Lambourne Whyte took these photos of the damage caused by the tornado at Margaret Bruce Beach near Silver Ridge, Man., just east of Alonsa. (Submitted/Vanessa Lambourne Whyte)

But in addition to receiving preliminary reports of how long the tornado was on the ground, Environment Canada has also received numerous reports of golf-ball sized hail hitting the area, and that at least one home was “totally damaged,” he said. 

Many photos and videos are now circulating on social media of the storm, including this video of a funnel cloud shot by David Mozdzen.

Stan Asham, reeve of the Rural Municipality of Alonsa, said the damage was centred just east of Alonsa at Margaret Bruce Provincial Park, which sits on the west side of Lake Manitoba.

A mobile home lays on its side at Margaret Bruce Beach by Silver Ridge, Man, east of Alonsa, after a tornado touched down in the area Friday night. (Submitted/Vanessa Lambourne Whyte)

Pam Sul, Alonsa’s CAO, says power was out in the whole community Saturday morning because of downed power lines

She says MB Hydro is working to restore power.