We are back with another intense weather report. According to Environment Canada, Manitoba's weather forecast has led to an intense tornado watch. Officials are now urging people to stay inside.
It seems like déjà vu as we are back with another severe thunderstorm watch report. The weird weather all started in June when parts of BC actually had snowfall warnings during the summer season. Then, Mother Nature had the audacity to issue intense and severe thunderstorm watches and warnings just in time for the Canada Day long weekend.
Even yesterday, tornadoes and five centimeters of hail were expected to hit several Canadian provinces. Now, we are back with another scary weather report.
According to the Environment Canada website, there are several severe thunderstorm and tornado watches for various locations across Manitoba.
The tornado watches are calling for intense thunderstorms to develop late this afternoon that progress into the evening. The statement has warned that the main hazard will be large hail, strong winds, and heavy downpours.
In addition to the scary hazards, isolated tornadoes are possible into the early evening. Due to these tornadoes, Environment Canada is urging people to stay inside.
The best thing to do when tornadoes hit is to go inside and enter a room on the lowest floor away from outside walls and windows. As a last resort, Environment Canada says to lie in a low area and protect your head from flying debris.
The following areas in Manitoba have been issued tornado watches:
- Bissett - Victoria Beach - Nopiming Prov. Park - Pine Falls
- City of Winnipeg
- Dugald - Beausejour - Grand Beach
- Morden - Winkler - Altona - Morris
- Portage la Prairie - Headingley - Brunkild - Carman
- Selkirk - Gimli - Stonewall - Woodlands
- Sprague - Northwest Angle Provincial Forest
- Steinbach - St. Adolphe - Emerson - Vita - Richer
- Whiteshell - Lac du Bonnet - Pinawa
Along with the tornado watches are a number of severe thunderstorm watches for the province. These warnings are calling for torrential rain, hail, and wind. Storms are anticipated to develop this afternoon with some storms becoming more severe than others.
The following areas have been issued severe thunderstorm watches in Manitoba:
- Arborg - Hecla - Fisher River - Gypsumville - Ashern
- Dauphin - Russell - Roblin - Winnipegosis
- Grand Rapids - Waterhen
- Ste. Rose - McCreary - Alonsa - Gladstone
- Swan River - Duck Mountain - Porcupine Provincial Forest
According to The Weather Network, storm systems will move off into northern Ontario by Friday - giving the Prairies a bit of a break.
Canada has been unlucky with the tornadoes warnings as of late. In fact, three provinces were issued tornado warnings in the past week.
According to The Weather Network, a tornado sighting was confirmed in Alberta on Monday, July 8, 2019. Although it was a scary close call on the Monday afternoon, no damage was reported from the brief twister about 75 km south of Grande Prairie.
Weather has the ability to change suddenly, so be sure to check the Environment Canada website to stay updated on all watches and warnings.