Severe thunderstorm warning issued for southwestern Manitoba

By | August 13, 2020

Parts of southwestern Manitoba are under severe thunderstorm watches and warnings Thursday morning.

The City of Brandon and areas to the north were covered by a severe storm warning from Environment Canada as of roughly 8:30 a.m.

The situation is changing rapidly as meteorologists follow a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, heavy rain and nickel-size hail, the weather agency said in a warning posted online.

The storm stretches south from Shoal Lake to Lauder and is moving northeast at 50 km/h.

Environment Canada warns people in the area to be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and to take necessary precautions.

A severe thunderstorm watch has also been issued for the areas surrounding the warning zones, including Riding Mountain National Park, Dauphin, Alonsa and Gladstone to the north and Virden and Souris to the west. Severe storm watches are issued when conditions are favourable for the development of severe storms.

The weather agency will keep updating watches and warnings online as the day continues.

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