Authorities in the province of Manitoba confirmed Saturday the death of a man after the tornado that struck west of Lake Manitoba on Friday night.
Rural Municipality of Alonsa Prefect Stan Asham told Global News of the death of the 77-year-old man, later confirmed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
“He was an old man who lived alone. I received a few calls saying he was dead. He was a good friend, present at my wedding, “said Mr. Asham.
The tornado hit the area mid-evening on Friday. The community of Alonsa is located about 200 kilometers from Winnipeg.
According to Environment Canada, egg-sized hailstones have fallen in central Manitoba. Warden Stan Asham said several homes and camps had been damaged.
In the morning, nearly 200 customers were without electricity, according to Manitoba Hydro.