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More rain in store for southern parts of the Prairies; 'severe weather season is upon us'

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Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Sunday, June 22, 2014, 8:30 PM -

After flooding rains in southern Alberta last week, the same low pressure system affected parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba Saturday. 

Severe thunderstorm watches were posted, along with warnings. There was a tornado warning issued for areas southeast of Winnipeg around Ste. Anne in the late evening.


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"This latest round of severe weather is a brief reminder that severe weather season is upon us in the eastern Prairies," said Weather Network meteorologist Brian Dillon. 

This time seven years ago, one of the worst tornadoes in Canadian history occurred. The Elie tornado was the first and last F5 twister in Canadian History. Even though no one was injured or killed, several homes were leveled off their foundations, with winds of 420-510 km/h reported. 

Environment Canada adapted to the Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF scale) on April 1, 2013.


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Severe thunderstorms will continue to be scattered in nature through Tuesday throughout the Prairies, says Dillon. 

Currently there are no watches and warnings issued for the region, but we encourage you to regularly monitor our Alerts page in case some get issued at a later time. 

There is a risk for non-severe thunderstorms along the foothills in Alberta Sunday afternoon and Monday afternoon. 


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Some of these storms will bring locally heavy rainfall that may hamper flooding efforts.

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