Thunderstorm warnings in effect for south, southeastern Manitoba

Most of south-central and southeastern Manitoba are expected to get hit with thunderstorms Friday night.

Environment Canada issued severe thunderstorm watches and warnings Friday afternoon, including a watch in Winnipeg and surrounding areas.

Warnings are issued in the event a storm is strong enough to create large hail, damaging winds and torrential rain. Environment Canada says this storm is capable of producing strong winds, heavy rain and nickel-sized hail.

As of 5 p.m. CT, the warnings extend to:

  • Morden, Winkler, Altona, Morris.
  • Portage la Prairie, Headingley, Brunkild, Carman.
  • Steinbach, St. Adolphe, Emerson, Vita, Richer.
  • Whiteshell, Lac du Bonnet, Pinawa.

The watches are in effect for the following communities:

  • Bissett, Victoria Beach, Nopiming Provincial Park, Pine Falls.
  • Dugald, Beausejour, Grand Beach.
  • Killarney, Pilot Mound, Manitou. 
  • Selkirk, Gimli, Stonewall, Woodlands.
  • Sprague, Northwest Angle Provincial Forest.

The weather system has also prompted watches and warnings in northwestern Ontario.

Kenora and Nestor Falls are under a severe thunderstorm warning and a tornado watch. Meanwhile, a heat warning and tornado watch are in effect for Fort Frances and Rainy Lake.

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