Enviornent Canada has issued tornado watches for a large portion of western Manitoba Sunday afternoon.

From Environment Canada

Severe thunderstorms are forecast to form in an unstable airmass centred over the Saskatchewan/Manitoba border this afternoon, some of which have the potential to produce tornadoes. Strong gusty winds, heavy rain, and large hail will also accompany any severe thunderstorms that form.

This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation.

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.

Regions under the watch as of 12:30 p.m. include:

  • Dauphin - Russell - Roblin - Winnipegosis
  • Melita - Boissevain - Turtle Mountain Provincial Park
  • Minnedosa - Riding Mountain National Park