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Severe thunderstorms expected tonight

Environment Canada's severe thunderstorm watches on May 29.

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Environment Canada's severe thunderstorm watches on May 29.

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for all of southwestern Manitoba.

Forecasters there say that conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

A cold front over southeastern Saskatchewan is expected to push into southwest Manitoba this evening. This front is expected to trigger a band of thunderstorms, some of which may become severe with large hail and damaging winds as the main threat. Heavy downpours and frequent lightning are also possible. Thunderstorms are expected to move east into the Interlake regions tonight.

Fast moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle away, the weather centre warns, and large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles.

They also caution that severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. People throughout Westman shoud be prepared for severe weather.

Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts online throughout, but also say that people can report severe weather to them by calling 1-800-239-0484, emailing storm@ec.gc.ca or tweeting reports using the hashtag #MBStorm.

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