Tornado watch in place for Virden, Melita and areas

By | August 25, 2020

Environment Canada says meteorologists are reporting favourable conditions for severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes in the southwestern corner of Manitoba.

The tornado watch, which was issued on Tuesday just after 4 p.m., is in place for the following areas:

  • Municipality of Boissevain-Morton including Turtle Mountain Provincial Park.
  • Municipality of Brenda-Waskada including Medora and Goodlands.
  • Municipality of Deloraine-Winchester.
  • Municipality of Grassland, including Hartney and Minto.
  • Municipality of Two Borders including Melita, Coulter and Tilston.
  • Municipality of Souris-Glenwood.
  • R.M. of Pipestone, including Oak Lake.
  • R.M. of Sifton, including Oak Lake and Deleau.
  • R.M. of Wallace-Woodworth, including Virden, Elkhorn and Kenton.
  • R.M. of Whitehead including Alexander and Beresford.
  • Riverdale Municipality, including Rivers and Wheatland.

The weather agency says isolated or scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop later this afternoon over southeastern Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba, which could produce a tornado.

This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation, Environment Canada says. The agency advises taking cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

The area under the watch was deeply affected by a deadly tornado that touched down earlier this month.

Shayna Barnesky and Carter Tilbury died after their pickup truck was swept up by a twister on the evening of Aug. 7 near Virden, about 270 kilometres west of Winnipeg.

Meanwhile, severe thunderstorm watches are in place for the borderlands between Manitoba and Saskatchewan, from Duck Mountain Provincial Park, near the tip of Lake Winnipegosis, going south.

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