LIVE BLOG: Tornado confirmed in southwestern Manitoba

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WINNIPEG – Environment Canada has confirmed a tornado has touched down in southwestern Manitoba on Monday night.

The hit near Tilston, Man., close to the Saskatchewan and U.S. borders. around 9:30 p.m. CT. Another tornado was reported to have touched down near Melita just before 8:30 CT.

UPDATE: Manitoba tornado lasted ‘incredible’ 2.5 to 3 hours: Environment Canada

Environment Canada had issued several tornado warnings for parts of southwestern Manitoba including the rural municipalities of Pipestone, Sifton and Wallace.

The warnings were issued just after 8 p.m. CT  and also covered Oak Lake, Virden, Elkhorn and Deleau.

Environment Canada received a report of a tornado touching down north east of Virden at 10:55 p.m Monday.

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Photos and videos posted to Twitter show what appear to be funnel clouds touching to the ground in rural areas near Melita, Tilston and Edward in Manitoba.

Environment Canada said a tornado reported near Sinclair, Man., had become “rainwrapped” and hard to see, calling it “a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation.”

READ MORE: What to do during a tornado warning

“Go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell or interior closet,” Environment Canada said in a statement. “Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelter, and move to a strong building if you can.”

The following municipalities had a tornado watch in place Monday:

  • Municipality of Shoal Lake including Shoal Lake and Oakburn
  • R.M. of Archie including McAuley Manson and Willen
  • R.M. of Birtle including Foxwarren and Solsgirth
  • R.M. of Blanshard including Oak River and Cardale
  • R.M. of Clanwilliam including Erickson
  • R.M. of Ellice including St-Lazare
  • R.M. of Hamiota including McConnell and Lavinia
  • R.M. of Harrison including Sandy Lake and Newdale
  • R.M. of Langford including Neepawa and Hallboro
  • R.M. of Miniota including Miniota and Bird Tail Creek Res.
  • R.M. of Minto including Minnedosa and Clanwilliam
  • R.M. of Odanah south of Minnedosa including Moore Park
  • R.M. of Park including Onanole
  • R.M. of Rosedale including Eden and Kelwood
  • R.M. of Rossburn including Waywayseecappo Res.
  • R.M. of Russell including Binscarth and Gambler Res.
  • R.M. of Saskatchewan including Rapid City and Basswood
  • R.M. of Silver Creek including Angusville and Silverton
  • R.M. of Strathclair including Strathclair and Elphinstone
  • Riding Mountain Nat. Park
  • R.M. of Daly including Rivers and Wheatland
  • R.M. of Glenwood including Souris
  • R.M. of Pipestone including Pipestone and Oak Lake Res.
  • R.M. of Sifton including Oak Lake and Deleau
  • R.M. of Wallace including Virden and Elkhorn
  • R.M. of Whitehead including Alexander and Beresford
  • R.M. of Woodworth including Kenton and Sioux Valley Res.

Storm chasers from across North America have gathered in southeastern Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba to track the extreme weather.

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Many of the chasers will be tweeting with the hashtags #mbstorm and #skstorm. We’ll collect their tweets in this live blog so you can stay up to date with the extreme weather.

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