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Severe thunderstorm system threatens southwest Manitoba, warning in effect

Environment Canda says the London region could see 30-60 millimetres of rain by Saturday morning. Vera Shestak via Getty Images

A threatening weather system moving across southwest Manitoba temporarily prompted a pair of tornado warnings from Environment Canada Wednesday evening.

Environment Canada issued a tornado warning for the Municipality of Russell Binscarth at 6 p.m. Wednesday, saying a severe thunderstorm passing through the area could possibly produce a tornado.

About a half-hour later the warning was extended to include the area of Minnedosa and Riding Mountain National Park, however, both were reduced to a severe thunderstorm warning not long after.

As of 7:00 p.m., only the severe thunderstorm warning for Minnedosa and Riding Mountain remained.

The alerts, which included Dauphin, Russel, Roblin, Prairie View Municipality and the RM of Ellice-Archie, also say large hail, strong winds, and intense rainfall are all possible.

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The thunderstorm is moving east-southeast at 30 km/h.

Anyone in the area is advised to take cover immediately if they hear or see a roaring sound, funnel cloud, swirling or flying debris, or otherwise threatening weather.

Severe weather can be reported to Environment Canada by emailing MBstorm@canada.ca or via tweet with the hashtag #MBStorm.

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