Update, 5:45 a.m.: Environment Canada says that tornado warnings have now ended for south-central Manitoba. Severe thunderstorm warnings and watches for much of southern Manitoba remain in place.
"We didn't get any reports of a tornado," Kayla Bilous, a meteorologist with Environment Canada says. She says the warning was issued due to what meteorologists were seeing on radar.
While tornado warnings have ended, a number of storm warnings and watches remain in place. Severe thunderstorm warnings remain in place for Steinbach, Winkler, Morden, and Portage la Prairie, as well as other communities in those regions as of 5:45 a.m.
Bilous says the main system will push eastward into Ontario today, but that another system is hot on its heels.
"We'll get another shot of storms later today as well. It should be quite a rainy, stormy kind of day. We'll likely see good wind gusts and rainfall amounts with the next round of storms."
Update, 5:20 a.m.: Environment Canada says "Extra care and attention should be exercised. The following localities are included in the
warning: Emerson-Franklin, St.-Pierre-Jolys, Morris, Rosenort and St. Jean Baptiste. Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm that is possibly producing a tornado. Damaging winds, large hail and locally intense rainfall are also possible. Take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches."
Earlier: Environment Canada has issued a tornado warning for areas including Altona, Roland, Rhineland, Morris, Rosenort, and St. Jean Baptiste.
From Environment Canada:
At 4:58 a.m. CDT, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm that is possibly producing a tornado. Damaging winds, large hail and locally intense rainfall are also possible.
A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is located near Altona, moving east at 40 km/h.
Hazard: Tornado, 100 km/h wind gusts and quarter size hail.
Locations impacted include:
St. Joseph, Letellier and Ginew.
This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation.
Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. Tornadoes at night cannot be seen and may strike suddenly. Sometimes they are preceded by strengthening winds, large hail, or an approaching whistling or roaring sound.
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 warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing tornadoes.
Current watches and warnings
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