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Severe thunderstorm watches issued in Westman

Lightning strikes west of the Trans Canada Highway at Grand Valley Road in the lead-up to a severe thunderstorm last weekend. There's the risk of another severe thunderstorm this afternoon or this evening.

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Lightning strikes west of the Trans Canada Highway at Grand Valley Road in the lead-up to a severe thunderstorm last weekend. There's the risk of another severe thunderstorm this afternoon or this evening.

Several Westman communities are under a severe thunderstorm watch, issued late Thursday morning.

Environment Canada says that severe thunderstorm conditions are possible late afternoon to late evening along the western stretch of Manitoba. The watches do not yet include Brandon, but the forecat does say that severe thunderstorms are possible here.

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A watch is a note by meteorologists that pre-condiitions for severe weather formation. It is less serious than a warning, which indicates severe weather is imminent or already happening.

The current watch is due to a cold front approaching from Saskatchewan that is expected to trigger scattered thunderstorms later this afternoon. Some of these storms may be severe, and may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required, but people can also report severe weather by calling 1-800-239-0484, sending an email to storm@ec.gc.ca or tweeting reports to #MBStorm.

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