Environment Canada lifts Westman tornado warnings

By | August 21, 2020

Environment Canada has lifted a tornado warning for three rural municipalities in western Manitoba.

At 7:01 p.m. Friday, a warning was issued for the RM of Minto-Odanah, including Minnedosa and Moore Park, along with the RM of Oakview, including Oak River and Rapid City.

At 7:09 p.m., a tornado warning was also issued for the RM of Elton.

By 7:50 p.m., all of the warnings were no longer in effect.

Parts of southwestern Manitoba are also under severe thunderstorm warning Friday evening, as meteorologists track a storm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, heavy rain and hail up to the size of a ping-pong ball, Environment Canada says.

For the latest updates on storm warnings and watches, check the public weather alerts on Environment Canada’s website.

Environment Canada advises taking cover immediately if threatening weather approaches; severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. 

Heavy downpours can cause flash flooding and water pooling on roads, and intense lightning is likely in any thunderstorm, the weather agency says.

Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when thunderstorms that are imminent or already happening are deemed likely to produce large hail, damaging winds or torrential rainfall.

A much larger section of southwestern Manitoba was under a severe thunderstorm watch as of late Friday afternoon, which is issued when weather conditions suggest it’s likely thunderstorms will happen, and that they could produce large hail, damaging winds or torrential rainfall.

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