Potent storms strike Saskatchewan and Manitoba
Monday, July 22, 2013, 7:28 AM -
A cold front pushing through southeastern Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba triggered heavy downpours, localized flooding, quarter-sized hail and possible tornadoes in some areas on Sunday.
Environment Canada issued tornado watches and warnings for several communities located along the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border, all of which were dropped late Sunday evening.
"The cold front triggered thunderstorms in southeastern Saskatchewan late afternoon Sunday, and pushed into southwestern Manitoba and intensified," explained Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "There were tornado watches and warnings for the region. There were also reports of funnel clouds, and radar imagery showed signs of rotation in some of these storms."
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Earlier on Sunday, Monica Vaswani, another meteorologist at The Weather Network, said forecasters were predicting strong storms due to a a mixture of a low pressure area, an advancing cold front acting as a trigger, and wind sheer exacerbating the effects.
"The combination of these ingredients is going to allow for very strong supercell storms to form, especially along the international border," she said.
These storms are a part of the same system that lashed central Alberta on Saturday.
Large hail and heavy rains were reported in several communities.
One Weather Network viewer called into our stormline to report a tornado touchdown on Highway 43 near Ponoka, not far from Red Deer, but no other confirmation has been received so far.
Eastern Canada had its encounter with violent weather on Friday, with violent thunderstorms that cut power to hundreds of thousands of people in Ontario and Quebec.
Saturday, it was the Maritimes' turn, with several tornado warnings being issued in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
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