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Tornado Watch Issued for Winnipeg

August 19, 2009 2:40 PM | News

Tornado WarningUPDATE: 6:37 p.m. — Tornado watch ended for Winnipeg.
Environment Canada has issued a tornado watch for the city of Winnipeg at 2:34 p.m. this afternoon.

The watch calls for favourable conditions for funnel clouds to develop.

“These types of funnel clouds form out of large cumulus clouds or very weak thunderstorms and normally do not have the energy to reach the ground. However, one or two of these funnels may briefly touch down and can become destructive over a very small area. Treat all funnel clouds and tornadoes seriously and avoid when possible. Should one develop overhead take shelter until it dissipates. Remember these funnel clouds will normally appear with little or no warning.”

Other areas included in the watch are Dugald, Beausejour, Mordan, Winkler, Altona, Emerson, Morris, Selkirk, Gimli, Stonewall, Woodlands, Eriksdale, Steinbach, St. Adolphe, Dominion City, Vita, Richer, Portage la Prairie, Headingley, Brunkild and Carman.

Keep an eye on the Environment Canada website and listen for further weather warnings.

If you spot funnel clouds call 1-800-239-0484 to report them. Upload photos of active weather.

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