Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for all of southern Manitoba.

With the exception of the Sprague area, which is under a severe thunderstorm warning, the rest of southern Manitoba should prepare as conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms this afternoon.

From Environment Canada

The main threats from these thunderstorms will be:

  • hail to the size of loonies
  • wind gusts to 90 km/h
  • rainfall in excess of 50 mm

Thunderstorms are expected to weaken this evening.

Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles.

Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, and torrential rainfall.

To report severe weather, send an email to MBstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #MBStorm.

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