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Landspout tornado touches down near Hartney, MB Friday

Rob Radcliffe spotted this possible tornado near Hartney, Manitoba on June 3, 2016. Credit: Rob Radcliffe/Twitter

Environment Canada has confirmed a landspout tornado near Hartney, Manitoba.

It touched down at 3:23 pm and stayed on the ground for between two and three minutes.

Hartney is just one of the communities under a special weather advisory with also include Brandon, Neepawa, Carberry, Minnedosa, Virden and Killarney.

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The advisory was issued by Environment Canada for the south western part of the province from the United States border up through Riding Mountain National Park and from the Saskatchewan border to Treherne.

Environment Canada said funnel clouds were reported in the Redvers, Saskatchewan area around 11:00 a.m. local time.

“These types of funnel clouds are generated by weak rotation under rapidly growing clouds or weak thunderstorms,” the advisory said. “This weak rotation is normally not a danger near the ground. However, there is a chance that this rotation could intensify and become a weak landspout tornado.”

Environment Canada said the tornadoes can still be dangerous and can have wind strong enough to topple tress, damage roofs and toss debris.

For a full list of locations under the advisory click here.

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