Tornado watch, severe thunderstorm warnings end for southern Manitoba

Thunderstorms over Oakbank, Manitoba. Heather McBurney / Viewer Supplied

Environment Canada has lifted all severe weather watches and warnings for southern Manitoba.

Multiple cities were under a severe weather watch Sunday evening after Environment Canada issued a tornado watch.

Lightning over Grunthal, Man. June 7, 2020. Angelina Doerksen/Submitted

The tornado watch has since ended, and severe thunderstorm warnings that had remained in effect for parts of southern Manitoba early Monday were lifted later in the morning.

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Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing large hail, damaging winds and torrential rainfall.

Environment Canada said the thunderstorms could produce up to nickle sized hail along with heavy wind gusts and rain in some areas.

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There’s no word on if funnel clouds were spotted or if a tornado touched down on Sunday. The following areas were included in the tornado watch:

  • Steinbach
  • St. Adolphe
  • Emerson
  • Vita
  • Richer
  • Morden
  • Winkler
  • Altona
  • Morris

Weather conditions were reported favourable for development of thunderstorms that could produce tornadoes and potentially produce hail the size of baseballs.

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Wind gusts were expected to exceed 120 km/h.

Environment Canada expected the tornado threat to diminish late Sunday evening.

People in the listed areas were advised to prepare for severe weather and take cover immediately if it approaches.

In the event of a tornado, or if a tornado warning is issued, Environment Canada recommends residents go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell or interior closet.

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It’s recommended you also leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelters and move to a strong building if you can.

As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris.

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