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Severe thunderstorm watch issued for southwestern Manitoba

Clouds threaten in the sky over West St. Paul on Tuesday evening. The community is at the edge of a thunderstorm watch for Wednesday afternoon. Submitted by Brian Mann / Global News

WINNIPEG — A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for southwestern Manitoba.

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms in a region stretching from the Dauphin/Winnipegosis area south to the U.S. border and from the Saskatchewan border east to the Winnipeg city limits and the Morden/Winkler area.

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Scattered thunderstorms expected to develop over southeaster Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba early this afternoon may produce large hail, heavy rain and strong wind gusts, the watch issued by Environment Canada says.

The potential for severe thunderstorms is expected to continue into the early evening hours, the watch states.

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Communities affected by the watch are:

  • Brandon, Carberry, Treherne;
  • Portage la Prairie, Headingley, Brunkild, Carman;
  • Morden, Winkler, Altona, Emerson, Morris;
  • Virden, Souris;
  • Melita, Boissevain, Turtle Mountain Provincial Park;
  • Killarney, Pilot Mound, Manitou;
  • Dauphin, Roblin, Winnipegosis;
  • Minnedosa, Neepawa, Russell, Riding Mountain National Park; and
  • Ste. Rose, McCreary, Alonsa and Gladstone.
  • Swan River, Deck Mountain, Porcupine Provincial Forest

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