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Possible tornado in Altona can’t be confirmed, says Environment Canada

Hail the size of loonies from Thursday night's storm in Winnipeg Beach. Joe Waatainen/Supplied

A big storm that broke out in southern Manitoba Thursday night may have spawned a small tornado, but meteorologists say they haven’t been able to confirm one touched down.

The storm came into the province bringing strong, heavy winds and was accompanied by rain and hail.

People in southern Manitoba captured images and videos of the storm and shared information and photos on social media.

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Environment and Climate Change Canada told Global News it received reports of a possible tornado in Altona, but without confirmation, it is attributing damage to straight-line winds, which can be as strong as some tornadoes.

The area saw 90 to 100 km/h wind gusts Thursday.

In and around the Brandon area, there were reports of flooding and sewer backups.

Brandon Mayor Rick Charest told Global News he was looking into the reports.

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