Tornado watches issued for parts of Manitoba – Winnipeg

Environment Canada has issued tornado watches for parts of Manitoba.

Severe storms are expected to hit parts of west central Manitoba during the afternoon.

“An unstable air mass is in place in front of a frontal system, providing an environment conducive to the development of severe thunderstorms that can produce tornadoes. Large hail, up to the size of a golf ball, and strong wind gusts are also possible with these storms,” ECCC said in a bulletin.

« This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation, » officials added.

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Areas under tornado watches include:

  • Arborg–Hecla–Fisher River–Gypsumville–Ashern
  • Dauphin-Russell-Roblin-Winnipegosis
  • Great Rapids – Waterhen
  • Minnedosa – Riding Mountain National Park
  • Ste. Rose–McCreary–Alonsa–Gladstone
  • Swan River – Mount Duck – Porcupine Provincial Forest

Severe thunderstorm watches are also in place for parts of the province.

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Officials say you should immediately take care in case of bad weather.

“Enter a room on the ground floor, away from exterior walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell, or interior closet. Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, caravans and other temporary or self-contained shelters, and move to a sturdy building if you can,” officials suggest.

Thunderstorms are also expected across much of southern Manitoba on Saturday and Sunday.

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