Severe storms prompt tornado warning in Manitoba
Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 6:04 PM - Severe storms tore through southern Manitoba Wednesday, prompting a tornado warning. That was dropped about two hours later, but the tornado watches stretched on into the evening.
LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS
- Stay away from windows.
- Unplug appliances.
- Do not use the telephone.
- Avoid running tap water.
- Try to reach a safe building or vehicle (picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT considered safe).
- Avoid high ground, water, tall, isolated trees and metal objects such as fences or bleachers.
- If you are out on the water, get to land and find shelter immediately.
IF SOMEONE IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
- Call for help / dial 911.
- The injured person has received an electrical shock and may be burned or have other injuries.
- People who have been struck by lightning do not retain an electrical charge and can be handled safely.
- Give first aid. If the heart has stopped beating, a trained person should give CPR.
Environment Canada offers a 30-30 rule. If you can count 30 seconds or less between seeing a lightning flash and hearing the thunder, take shelter and stay there until 30 minutes after you last hear thunder.
KEEP ON TOP OF ACTIVE WEATHER: Visit the Alerts section of the website
TORNADO SAFETY TIPS
- Should a tornado develop, seek underground shelter when possible -- preferably in a basement.
- In the absence of an underground room opt for a windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a solid building.
- Never try to outrun a tornado.
- Keep cell phone and/or battery-operated radio handy so you can keep on top of tornado watches and warnings.
- DO NOT go outside if a tornado is imminent or occurring in your area.
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING SIGNS
- Large hail
- Strong winds
- Debris clouds and tree damage
- Torrential rain
- Severe thunder/lightning
- Dark, often greenish clouds