Tornado damages buildings on Swan Lake First Nation

Buildings on Swan Lake First Nation in southwestern Manitoba – including a private residence and infrastructure on the powwow grounds – suffered damage during a tornado that struck Wednesday afternoon.

Despite the damage, no injuries were reported.

We are very grateful that the tornado did not impact any populated areas of the communitysaid Swan Lake First Nation Chief Jason Daniels in an interview Thursday morning.

The tornado also passed near the bison pasture, but the animals are doing well.

If it had passed a few hundred meters further north, I think the houses would have been more damaged.

A quote from Jason Daniels, Chief of Swan Lake First Nation

Work to be done

Jason Daniels explains that the tornado passed west of Swan Lake First Nation, near the powwow area. The arbor built there to protect the participants from bad weather was lifted and then projected.

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This year’s Swan Lake First Nation Powwow is scheduled to take place June 28-30.

Photo: Jordan Carruthers

This situation is causing concern for organizers of the annual Swan Lake First Nation powwow, which is scheduled to take place in two weeks, from June 28 to 30.

It will be a little difficult, but I am confident that the community will come together to prepare to welcome visitors, who will come from all over North America to attend our eventunderlined chef Jason Daniels.

The powwow is a magnificent event and a great opportunity to come and visit us.

A quote from Jason Daniels, Chief of Swan Lake First Nation

Thursday morning, the community was already working on repairing the arbor as well as the private residence whose roof was raised.

A storm coming from Saskatchewan

According to Dan Fulton, senior meteorologist with Environment Canada, the storm from Saskatchewan produced numerous tornadoes in Manitoba on Wednesday afternoon.

It is certain that there are several, maybe even four Dan Fulton said Thursday morning, but it is taking some time for the federal department to confirm this figure.

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Canada’s first F5 tornado, the maximum on the Fujita scale, was the Elie tornado in Manitoba on June 22, 2007.

Photo: Toban Dyck

The first tornado warning was issued at 3:30 p.m. Binscartha village located near the border with Saskatchewan.

Within three hours, the storm moved southeast about 300 kilometers, from Binscarth to the region of Morden-Winklerabout 100 kilometers southwest of Winnipeg, said Dan Fulton.

Tornadoes were reported in the area Rapid City and of Riversapproximately 220 kilometers west of Winnipeg, and near Baldur, approximately 160 kilometers southwest of Winnipeg.

No tornadoes were reported in the area Morden-Winklerbut strong winds and golf ball-sized hailstones were observed there.

Meteorologist Dan Fulton expects the weather to be calmer for a few days, but said stormy weather could return Saturday.

Formation of a tornado on June 12, 2024 in Manitoba.2:10

The severity of a tornado is assessed according to the Fujita scale

Photo: Radio-Canada / Toban Dyck

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