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Severe thunderstorms hit Saskatchewan, Manitoba

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    Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 7:23 AM -

    Severe thunderstorms rumbled through the Prairies on Monday, prompting tornado watches and warnings in parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

    At 11:30 am CST, storm spotters in Saskatchewan reported a tornado between Yorkton and Bredenbury near Saltcoats.

    Sidney Danyluk from Yorkton was driving back from Saltcoats when he saw not one, but two funnel clouds. 

    He also saw one of them touch down.

    “It was on the ground because you could see the dust blowing up around the bottom of it. They were pretty much in the same spot. We drove about 15 minutes down the highway and the one had started breaking up. You could see it start to break up and then in a few seconds it was gone.”

    The severe weather continued to affect parts of Manitoba through the afternoon and evening hours, where heavy rain, strong winds and large hail were reported.

    One business owner who saw significant damage to his garden centre in Winnipeg says this was the worst storm he's seen in 25 years.

    Environment Canada identified large hail and damaging winds as the largest threats associated with these storms.

    In the event severe weather breaks out, "vehicles, mobile homes, cottages, boats and any tents or trailers are unsafe," the agency said in a statement issued Monday afternoon. "Seek shelter in a location like a bathroom, interior closet, stairwell, basement or the lowest level in the building. Stay away from windows or outside walls, as they offer little protection."

    With files from The Canadian Press

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