July 5, 2014 5:42 pm
Updated: July 5, 2014 6:48 pm

Tornado warnings end in southeastern Manitoba


WATCH: Mark Nelson shot this video of a funnel cloud from Winnipeg’s Perimeter Highway near Oak Bluff, Man.

WINNIPEG – Tornado warnings that were issued Saturday in Manitoba have ended after there were reports of funnel clouds but none touched down.

Tornado warnings had been issued by Environment Canada for Winnipeg, St. Adolphe, Ste. Agathe, Steinbach, Niverville, Grunthal, St-Pierre-Jolys, St. Malo, La Broquerie, Marchand, Zhoda, Vita, Sundown, Piney, Woodridge and Sandilands, Man., on Saturday afternoon.

A thunderstorm “is possibly producing a tornado,” Environment Canada said in alerts issued as the storm travelled across south-central and southeastern Manitoba.

“Radar indicates thunderstorms are weakening and the threat of additional funnel clouds have diminished,” the weather agency said at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

A funnel cloud was reported near Ste. Agathe, Man., at 3:45 p.m. and another was seen near Oak Bluff, Man., just southwest of Winnipeg, at 2:50 p.m., the weather agency said.

The thunderstorm that produced the funnel clouds passed over the southern edge of Winnipeg.

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Most of south-central Manitoba is also under severe thunderstorm and heat warnings and watches on Saturday.

Environment Canada issued severe thunderstorm warnings and watches for the region shortly after 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Heat warnings were issued earlier in the day.

Selkirk, Gimli, Stonewall, Woodlands, Eriksdale, Steinbach, St. Adolphe, Dominion City, Vita, Richer, Dugald, Beausejour, Grand Beach, the Whiteshell, Lac du Bonnet, Pinawa, Sprague and Northwest Angle Provincial Forest were all under a severe thunderstorm watch as Environment Canada tracked a thunderstorm moving east across southern Manitoba.

The thunderstorm is capable of producing strong wind gusts, quarter- to toonie-sized hail and heavy rain, Environment Canada warned.

Earlier Saturday, Environment Canada warned that high humidity and heat will create a risk of heat illness in south-central Manitoba, including Winnipeg.

Humidex values – the heat equivalent of a winter wind chill value – will approach 40 in the afternoon and early evening, the weather agency said in the alert.

Winnipeg, Portage la Prairie, Headingley, Brunkild, Carman, Steinbach, St. Adolphe, Dominion City, Vita, Richer, Morden, Winkler, Altona, Emerson, Morris, Killarney, Pilot Mound and Manitou are subject to the heat warning.

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