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Severe thunderstorms are possible in parts of western Canada Friday. What are the chances a tornado will develop? Our meteorologists weigh in.

Potential for severe storms, tornadoes for the Prairies Friday

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Friday, July 4, 2014, 4:24 PM -

Severe thunderstorm watches and warnings are in place in parts of the Prairies -- and while all severe storms are capable of producing a tornado, the systems taking aim at western Canada has forecasters particularly concerned.

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"We're looking at an 'all or nothing' type of scenario," explains Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.

"The Prairies will see isolated, scatted thunderstorms on Friday with many communities experiencing no rain at all. However, any storm that does develop has the potential to become severe."

The timing of the storms is another cause for concern.

Parts of the Prairies are on flood watch following heavy rain fall last weekend.

On Friday afternoon, Manitoba declared a province-wide state of emergency amid rising water levels.

According to Weather Network meteorologist Brett Soderholm, there's a large "capping" over the regions which will make it difficult for the storms to develop.

"If the capping level is able to be eroded however, we could see some pretty severe storms," he says.

Residents are being advised to prepare for gusty winds, torrential downpours and hail.

"The areas that are may see thunderstorms Friday could see another round of storms pop up on Saturday," Gillham warns.

Be sure to check back for updates on these storms and tune into The Weather Network on TV for LIVE coverage.

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