Tornado warnings downgraded to severe thunderstorm warnings in southern Manitoba

Tornado warnings issued for parts of southern Manitoba earlier Monday have now ended, Environment Canada says.

Instead, severe thunderstorm warnings have now been issued for the rural municipalities of St. François Xavier, Cartier, Grey, Headingley and Portage la Prairie, which includes the communities of Elie, St. Eustache, Fannystelle, and St. Ambroise, the weather agency said in a statement at 6:52 p.m.

Meteorologists are tracking a storm in that area, which Environment Canada said is capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel-sized hail and heavy rain.

A storm located near Elie, Man., is moving east at 50 km/h, and it could bring with it wind gusts up to 100 km/h, Environment Canada said.

A thunderstorm warning has also been issued for the rural municipality of Rosser, including Meadows.

The weather agency reminded people that large hail can damage property and injure people.

Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles, it said. 

Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develops, Environment Canada said, and severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes.

Other areas of southern Manitoba remain under a severe thunderstorm watch.

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