Thunderstorms roll across Southern Manitoba, 8,000 without power

Thunderstorms rolled across southern Manitoba Monday morning bringing high winds and hail.It is so dark outside right now, the street lights just turned back on. #thunderstormwatch #mbstorm #Winnipeg— Rebecca Foat (@13eccaFoat) July 15, 2019The morning sky looked more like midnight as the storm rolled up to Winnipeg at about 7:45 a.m., prompting a thunderstorm warning.“A strong line of thunderstorms have developed from just southeast of Portage La Prairie to just north of Morden and is moving northeast at 30 km/h. Quarter sized hail and 95 km/h wind gusts are likely…

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Puddled streets, flashing lights greet Winnipeg commuters during morning rush hour

Winnipeg received more than 50 mm of rain overnight, and commuters dealt with large puddles and flashing lights Wednesday morning.TRAFFIC ALERT:STANDING WATER IN ROADWAYWith the heavy rainfall there is standing water on roadways. Slow down & use caution when passing. #traffic #Winnipeg #WpgTMC pic.twitter.com/jQqEGTvQFE— Winnipeg TMC (@WinnipegTMC) July 10, 2019There were several intersections with flashing lights or lights not working at all, and Winnipeg police urged caution.Manitoba Hydro and Winnipeg police cadets were on scene at Confusion Corner, where the lights weren’t working at all.“Please be advised that since approximately…

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Power outage affecting 2,400 St. James customers, says Manitoba Hydro

About 2,400 homes and businesses were without power in St. James Monday morning.Manitoba Hydro reported there were 2,418 customers without power in two sections of St. James in between Portage Avenue and Ness Avenue.There was no immediate word on a cause or an estimate of when the power would be restored.Some traffic lights were affected by the outage.TRAFFIC ALERT:HYDRO OUTAGENESS & SHARP to FERRYPORTAGE & WOODLAWNPORTAGE & RUTLANDLights are out. Treat intersections as 4 way stops.#traffic #Winnipeg #WpgTMC pic.twitter.com/1aKGDKr7vx— Winnipeg TMC (@WinnipegTMC) July 8, 2019Get daily local headlines and alertsView…

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Manitoba flood forecaster Alf Warkentin dies after battle with cancer

A man who became a household name after guiding the province through major flood events has died.Alf Warkentin became Manitoba’s first flood forecaster in 1969 — a position he held for 41 years.He spent decades reviewing snowpack and predicting river flows across the province.Warkentin was known for being able to rattle off dates and statistics going back years. He continued to offer consulting and guidance well after retirement.Warkentin passed at age 77.Get daily local headlines and alertsView original article here Source

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Manitoba Hydro warning public about sophisticated phone scams

Manitoba Hydro is warning its customers of a new phone scam.The crown corporation said the sophisticated prank calls use recordings that sound just like Hydro – and spoof the company’s phone number.READ MORE: Serial prank-caller arrested for 28 calls to Winnipeg’s 911 in two yearsThe scammers are calling and telling Manitobans their Hydro accounts are in arrears, and arranging for payments to be made at non-Hydro locations.“If you end up talking to them, they pretend to look up your address and your account number and they try to arrange payment.…

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Cross-border Manitoba Hydro project approved by federal government

The federal government has approved a $453 million Manitoba Hydro transmission line to Minnesota.The Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project – the subject of debate between the province and Ottawa for months – will see locally-produced hydroelectricity sent across the border.The project will include the Dorsey Interprovincial Power Line, a 213 km, 500 kilovolt power line that will cross the border near Piney, Man., as well as modifications to a pair of existing lines.Story continues belowREAD MORE: PUB grants Manitoba Hydro 2.5 per cent increase, after asking for 3.5 per cent“Canadians understand that…

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‘Ottawa stands between us,’ Pallister says after feds delay Manitoba-Minnesota hydro project

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says the federal government is standing in the way of a hydroelectric project that would help move states in the U.S. Midwest off of coal.He argues that it will be residents in his province who are on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars because of the delay.READ MORE: Pallister, Trudeau meet to discuss controversial transmission lineIn an interview with the West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson, Pallister said the federal move to delay approval of the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project after it was supposed to decide last week…

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Pallister, Trudeau meet to discuss controversial transmission line

The prime minister and the premier of Manitoba say they’ll try to find common ground on a new hydro line so the province can sell more surplus electricity to Minnesota.The two met in Ottawa Wednesday afternoon, where Justin Trudeau and Brian Pallister said they’d discuss the transmission corridor, which needs federal approval.Story continues belowRELATED: PUB grants Manitoba Hydro 2.5 per cent increaseThe plan has drawn objections from Indigenous groups in Manitoba, who say their concerns about it haven’t been listened to.Trudeau’s government is reportedly worried that a hasty approval could see…

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PUB grants Manitoba Hydro 2.5 per cent increase, after asking for 3.5 per cent

The Public Utilities Board has granted Manitoba Hydro a 2.5 per cent increase after being asked for a 3.5 per cent increase.For the average homeowner, it’ll mean a $25-$30 increase per year, more for those who use electric heat.Story continues below“The good news is that certainly our clients and large industrials managed to persuade the Public Utilities Board that 3.5 percent — which would have been $60 million annually — was way too much and the Public Utilities Board has knocked off about $16 or 17 million in terms of…

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Manitoba Hydro to appeal order to create special First Nations rate

Manitoba Hydro will have an appeal hearing to argue against an order directing it to create a special rate class for Indigenous customers on reserves.The Public Utilities Board ordered the Crown corporation last year to create an “On Reserve First Nations” customer class.READ MORE: Manitoba Hydro asking for rate hike approvalIt had to freeze rates on reserves while implementing a general rate increase of 3.6 per cent elsewhere.Manitoba Hydro has said the board exceeded its authority and it must provide the same rates to customers throughout the province.READ MORE: Report…

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