The City of Winnipeg is under a severe thunderstorm warning as southern Manitoba endures yet another evening of serious weather.
Environment Canada issued the warning just after 9 p.m on Tuesday. A number of rural communities surrounding the city are also under a warning.
The weather agency said meteorologists are tracking a dangerous thunderstorm capable of producing damaging wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.
A line of severe thunderstorms located from MacGregor to Ridgeville is moving northeast at 60 km/h. A gust near 124 km/h was reported at Clearwater earlier, Environment Canada said.
Much of southern Manitoba was placed under a watch earlier in the day Tuesday.
Up to the minute watches and warnings can be found on Environment Canada’s website.
Tornado rated EF-2
Meantime, Environment Canada has rated a tornado that touched down near Rapid City, Man., late Sunday afternoon as a preliminary low-end EF-2.
The weather agency said the twister, which touched down about five kilometres south of the town, which is located about 30 kilometres north of Brandon, had a maximum wind speed of 190 km/h.
The Enhanced Fujita Scale, or EF-Scale, is used by Environment Canada to measure the intensity of wind damage. It measures from an EF-0 as the weakest, to an EF-5 as the strongest.
The tornado destroyed two large sheds, snapped and uprooted hundreds of trees. It also left two barns with significant damage, flipped trailers and toppled grain bins.
Its path was 5.6 km and was about 200 metres wide, Environment Canada said.
Environment Canada said the same system dropped golf ball-sized hail, rainfall in excess of 150 mm, and a small area of downburst damage northwest of the tornado track, where a number of grain bins were toppled.
The storm also left a pair of mobile homes east of the community in ruins.
No one was injured or killed as a result of the storm.
The weather agency said it is actively seeking pictures of the tornado or damage it may have caused, and asks people call 1-800-239-0484, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet to #mbstorm.
A series of thunderstorms left a swath of damage across southwest Manitoba on Sunday. Rising floodwater in its wake has led to even more damage across the region.
Thunderstorm watch issued Tuesday
Severe thunderstorms associated with a low pressure system in North Dakota are pushing northwards into Canada on Tuesday evening, Environment Canada said.
The agency warned of large hail, torrential downpours and damaging wind gusts will be associated with the strongest of these thunderstorms. The threat of severe weather will begin to push eastward tonight as the low pressure system evolves.
The watch was issued for:
- City of Winnipeg, Man.
- Selkirk – Gimli – Stonewall – Woodlands, Man.
- Dugald – Beausejour – Grand Beach, Man.
- Steinbach – St. Adolphe – Emerson – Vita – Richer, Man.
- Virden – Souris, Man.
- Brandon – Neepawa – Carberry – Treherne, Man.
- Melita – Boissevain – Turtle Mountain Provincial Park, Man.
- Killarney – Pilot Mound – Manitou, Man.
- Portage la Prairie – Headingley – Brunkild – Carman, Man.
- Morden – Winkler – Altona – Morris, Man.
- Dauphin – Russell – Roblin – Winnipegosis, Man.
- Minnedosa – Riding Mountain National Park, Man.
- Ste. Rose – McCreary – Alonsa – Gladstone, Man.
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