Tornado warning issued for part of southwestern Manitoba

By | August 13, 2020

A tornado warning has been issued for part of southwestern Manitoba.

Environment Canada issued an initial tornado warning for the southwestern Manitoba area shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday.

As of 6:50 p.m., areas under the tornado warning include:

  • The rural municipality of Glenboro-South Cypress, including Treesbank.
  • The rural municipality of North Cypress-Langford, including Neepawa and Carberry.
  • The rural municipality of of Oakland-Wawanesa, including Carroll.
  • The rural municipality of Cornwallis west of Shilo, including Chater.

Earlier tornado watches for the city of Brandon, as well as the RMs of Whitehead, Riverdale, Elton and Wallace-Woodworth have now been lifted, Environment Canada says.

As of 6:23 p.m., Environment Canada meteorologists were tracking a severe thunderstorm that could produce a tornado, the weather agency said. Damaging winds, large hail and intense rainfall are also possible.

As of that time, the thunderstorm was over the city of Brandon and travelling southeast at 30 km/h.

“This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation,” the agency said in an online notice. 

“Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. If you hear a roaring sound or see a funnel cloud, swirling debris near the ground, flying debris, or any threatening weather approaching, take shelter immediately.”

The area in red is included in an Environment Canada tornado warning. (Environment Canada)

People are advised to get inside and stay on the lowest floor, away from exterior walls. 

Several other areas in southwestern and southeastern Manitoba are under severe thunderstorm watches.

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