Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms which may produce tornadoes causing Environment Canada has issued a tornado alert and watch for much of the area surrounding Portage la Prairie
The alerts covers Portage la Prairie – Headingley – Brunkild – Carman. A tornado watch alert is in effect for:
R.M. of Cartier incl. Elie St. Eustache and Springstein
R.M. of Dufferin incl. Carman Roseisle and Homewood
R.M. of Grey incl. St. Claude Elm Creek and Fannystelle
R.M. of Headingley
R.M. of Macdonald incl. Brunkild Starbuck and La Salle
R.M. of Portage la Prairie incl. St. Ambroise
R.M. of St. François Xavier
Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop over southern Manitoba late this afternoon and progress eastward into the evening. The main hazards with these thunderstorms will be large hail, strong winds and heavy downpours. In addition, isolated tornadoes are possible into the early evening hours.
Be prepared for severe weather. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches.
In the event of a tornado, or if a tornado warning is issued for your area, it is recommended you take the following actions: Go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell or interior closet. Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelter, and move to a strong building if you can. As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!
Tornado watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce tornadoes.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to MBstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #MBStorm.