Hail, rain and high wind mark end of summer vacation on parts of Prairies

August went out like a lion in many areas of southern Saskatchewan and parts of Manitoba when the region was hit by a storm system packing strong winds and hail the size of toonies.

REGINA — August went out like a lion in many areas of southern Saskatchewan and parts of Manitoba when the region was hit by a storm system packing strong winds and hail the size of toonies.

Power was knocked out in many areas when a line of thunderstorms struck overnight, dumping several millimetres of rain.

Environment Canada says the worst drubbing occurred in Cedoux, north of Weyburn, which got 61 millimetres and was blasted with winds as high as 109 kilometres an hour.

The big hailstones pounded the area around McTaggart, also near Weyburn, but there are no reports as yet of damage.

SaskPower says there were power outages in Regina and south of the city, with some customers going without electricity for about seven hours.

A lightning strike killed power to hundreds of homes in north Winnipeg — a problem made worse when traffic lights at several busy intersections were knocked out.