Tornado watches in place for southwestern Manitoba

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.

A tornado warning was issued on Tuesday at 6:21 p.m. for the municipality of Roblin, including Makaroff, Shortdale and Bield. The warning has since been lifted.

A tornado watch, which was issued on Tuesday just after 4 p.m., is in place for the southwestern side of the province, from the area around Hamiota and Shoal Lake all the way south to the U.S. border.

Environment Canada issues weather watches when there is the potential for severe weather. Weather warnings are issued when that severe weather is actually occurring or is imminent.

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, a severe thunderstorm warning is in place for the borderland between Manitoba and Saskatchewan, from Duck Mountain Provincial Park, near the tip of Lake Winnipegosis and the area.

For the latest updates on weather alerts in Manitoba, visit the Environment Canada website.

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