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UPDATE: Thunderstorms knock out power in Westman

Parts of Brandon and Westman are without power on Tuesday night after a severe thunderstorm ripped through the area.

Manitoba Hydro said areas of PIpestone, Elkhorn, and Sinclair are without power, as well as, parts of Brandon.

It is unsure how long it will take before power is restored.

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Environment Canada has issued a series of severe thunderstorm warnings for Westman, as a powerful storm moves into the area.

Currently, most of Westman is under a severe thunderstorm watch, which means that conditions are suitable for the storms, but they haven't happened yet.

At 4:20 p.m., however, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the extreme southwestern corner of the province, meaning that the storms are imminent or already happening.

Meteorologists say they are tracking a line of dangerous thunderstorms that are capable of producing golf ball hail and larger, powerful winds greater than 100 km/h, as well as flooding downpours.

They warn that, if threatening weather approaches, people should take cover within a sturdy building, away from windows. Strong wind gusts with large hail can damage property, break windows, dent vehicles and cause serious injury. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods.

Earlier, forecasters said that a trough of low pressure coming in from north-central North Dakota, combined with moist unstable air and daytime heating, would help to trigger strong thunderstorms over southeastern Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba this afternoon.

Greg Johnson, who calls himself the 'Tornado Hunter,' posted this morning on his Facebook page that southeastern Saskatchewan and southwest Manitoba would see conditions this afternoon that were ripe for tornadoes. 

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