Tornado warning issued in western Manitoba Thursday evening

By | August 13, 2020

WINNIPEG — Environment Canada has issued a Tornado warning in western Manitoba.

The warning includes the City of Brandon, the Riverdale Municipality, including Rivers and Wheatland, along with the R.M. of Whitehead, including Alexander and Beresford.

At 5:53 p.m., the R.M. of Cornwallis west of Shilo, including Chater was placed under the warning. The warning also includes the R.M. of Elton, including Forrest.

Video from storm chasers in the area shows a tornado appearing to touch down near Alexander, Manitoba.

A warning was previously in effect for the R.M. of Wallace-Woodworth, including Virden, Elkhorn, and Kenton, but has since ended.

There is currently a severe thunderstorm that could possibly produce a tornado about 15 kilometres west of Brandon.

Environment Canada meteorologists said people should take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

People are advised to go to the lowest floor of a building and in a room that has no outside walls or windows.

If people are not able to able to make it into a structure, they are told to lie in a low spot and protect their heads from flying debris.

This warning comes after a tornado touched down just south of Virden on Friday, Aug. 7. That twister was categorized as an EF-2 and two people died in the incident.

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