Tornado warning issued for parts of southwestern Manitoba, including Virden

By | August 13, 2020

A tornado warning has been issued for parts of southwestern Manitoba, including the area around Virden.

Environment Canada issued the warning shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday. It covers the rural municipality of Wallace-Woodworth, including Virden, Elkhorn and Kenton, as well as the Riverdale municipality, including Rivers and Wheatland.

Meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm that could produce a tornado about five kilometres south of Kenton and traveling east at 30 kilometres per hour, Environment Canada said.

“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.”

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

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