Waterspout spotted, tornado watch issued Saturday


Residents of Interlake, Manitoba and parts of Central Plains and Parkland are warned to keep an eye out for the skies Saturday afternoon.

Environment Canada has issued tornado watches for areas north of Winnipeg, including Arborg, Hecla, Fisher River, Gypsumville and Ashern. Areas on the west side of Lake Manitoba were also placed under tornado watch, including Ste. Rose, McCreary, Alonsa and Gladstone.

Update 1:55 p.m. – more regions added

Environment Canada has also issued a tornado watch for Lake Winnipeg, as well as Selkirk, Gimli, Stonewall and Woodlands.

The national forecaster says conditions are favorable for the development of funnel clouds and possibly brief, weak tornadoes. Strong winds, large hail and heavy rain are also possible.

From Environment Canada:

Unstable conditions in the Interlake and areas around Lake Manitoba produce thunderstorms, some of which have the potential to produce a brief tornado. A waterspout was reported near the passage between Lake Manitoba and Winnipegosis around noon today.

The risk of severe weather will end early this evening.

Be prepared for inclement weather. Take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

In the event of a tornado, or if a tornado warning is issued for your area, it is recommended that you take the following actions: Enter a room on the lowest floor, away from exterior walls and windows, such as a basement -floor, a bathroom, stairwell or interior closet. Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers, and other temporary or freestanding shelters, and move to a sturdy building if you can. As a last resort, lie down in a low place and protect your head from flying debris. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder rolls, come inside!

Tornado watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favorable for the development of thunderstorms that can produce tornadoes.

Current watch and warnings

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