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Large hail, heavy rain target the Prairies

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Thursday, May 29, 2014, 7:22 PM -

Environment Canada is tracking three storm cells that have prompted thunderstorm warnings for southern portions of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. 

According to the weather agency, they are capable of producing loonie and toonie-sized hail along with strong winds.


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No tornado watches or warnings are in effect, but meteorologists are reminding residents to take cover immediately should a major storm occur.

This is the second day of severe weather potential in the Prairies.

On Wednesday, tornado watches were issued for parts of the Saskatchewan before 12 p.m. -- but there were no reports of any touchdowns throughout the day.

Still, tornado warnings can happen quite quickly and even catch some people off guard.

Here are some best practices to follow should one touch down courtesy of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"The rain is expected to continue through the overnight," says Weather Network meteorologist Matt Grinter.

"Things will be calmer by Friday morning. The system will then move into northwestern Ontario, where storms are forecast to develop Friday afternoon."

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