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Manitoba Weather: Tornado Likely in Manitoba

Manitoba Weather: Tornado Likely in Manitoba

Severe weather hit parts of southern Manitoba on Saturday after Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) issued several severe thunderstorm watches and warnings.

Chris Stammers, a meteorologist with ECCC, said it has not been confirmed yet, but it appears a tornado touched down near Lena, Man., Saturday afternoon.

“It was probably what we call a landspout tornado, which occurs early in the life cycle of a thunderstorm,” Stammers said. “It’s a tornado on the underside that usually lasts a very short time.”

ECCC is working with the Northern Tornadoes Project to confirm if there were any tornadoes. They have to investigate before it is official.

Stammers said in addition to the tornado, golf ball-sized hail also hit parts of the county, including Pierson, Man., and parts of Brandon.

“Lots of reports from the Brandon area. We had smaller hail in the Carberry and Treherne areas. So quite a bit of hail was reported yesterday.”

Stammers said the storm appears likely to continue through the rest of the week, which likely means more thunderstorm watches and warnings will be in effect this week, including in Winnipeg.

“It looks like there could be some potential redevelopment in the Red River Valley and eastward tomorrow and there could be a significant threat tomorrow. Then it looks like there could be a couple more days this week.

“Tomorrow afternoon it could definitely be near Winnipeg, although it might be just to the east of us, but tomorrow Winnipeg will be kind of on the edge of it.”

Stammers said it is important to continue monitoring ECCC to stay informed of potential warnings in the province.