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2 Tornadoes Touched Down in Southern Manitoba, No Damage or Injuries

June 25, 2015 7:08 AM | The Canadian Press

By The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG — Environment Canada says two weak tornadoes briefly touched down in southwestern Manitoba.

Meteorologist Terri Lang says there were no reports of severe damage or injuries.

Both twisters came down in fields Wednesday afternoon near Manitou, about 150 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg.

Lang says the tornadoes were fairly weak.

Environment Canada had issued tornado warnings in the area as thunderstorms moved into the southern Red River Valley along the U.S. border.

The federal agency is also investigating reports of a third tornado approximately 10 kilometres south of Treherne.

It received several calls and social media photos about funnel clouds stretching from Pilot Mound to Altona and one northwest of Winnipeg around 8 p.m. that forecasters called minor.

Wednesday’s storm system also dumped heavy rain over Manitoba’s escarpment along with hail as big as quarters.

Radar indicated up to 100 millimetres of rain just north of Manitou as thunderstorms parked for more than an hour over the region under tornado warning.

A slow-moving storm parked over Winnipeg for half an hour at 6 p.m. and caused up to 40 mm of rain from downtown northeast into Transcona.

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