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Lightening Causes Flight Delays in Winnipeg

Monday night saw lightening in the Winnipeg area, causing flight delays at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.  The Winnipeg Airports Authority activated a red alert at about 8:00 pm, an alert that requires all ground crews to stay inside for the duration of the alert.  This means that ground crews are not able to go outside to service the aircraft or to load and unload luggage.  A spokesperson for the airport said that the aircraft on the tarmac can act as lightening rods, causing great risk to anyone coming in contact with them.

The red alert meant that flights were facing potential delays while the ground crew had to stay inside.  In addition, the lightening caused power outages for 3800 Manitoba Hydro customers in the Fort Richmond region.  Lightening even started a fire on top of a hydro pole on Bison Dr. just after 8:00 pm.  All power was restored to residents by 1:00 am and a total of 12 mm of rain fell on the city.

The above article is a summary.  Please see the original article at Google News.

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