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Strong storms sweep Manitoba

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Sunday, August 18, 2013, 5:26 PM -

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued by Environment Canada late Sunday morning for parts of southern Manitoba, including the capital Winnipeg, as strong storms swept the region.

The warned zones rapidly expanded, such that all of southeastern Manitoba was under either a severe thunderstorm watch or warning, although the Winnipeg warning was dropped after about an hour, replaced by a watch.

Environment Canada is warning of a line of severe storms capable of producing large hail, damaging winds and up to quarter-sized hail, as well as downpours producing as much as 25 mm or more.

Winds in Winnipeg have been reported gusting up to 50 km/h as of around 10 a.m. local time, and Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network, says stronger gusts are possible.

"Some areas saw golf to baseball size hail," said Dillon. "There is a slight chance for thunderstorms to develop south of the boundary from [Sunday] morning. For the moment, it looks like Winnipeg is south of the boundary. Areas in parts of southern Manitoba will see a chance for thunderstorms throughout the evening hours. No official rainfall amounts have been recorded."

People in the warned areas are advised to take shelter when threatened by thunderstorms, and keep an eye on the local forecast. 

Remember also that any severe thunderstorm has the potential to produce a tornado, if conditions are right.

Check out your local alerts page here.

ON AIR: Tune in to The Weather Network on T.V. for live updates with Michelle Nelson as the storms pass through the area.

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