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Tornado watches, thunderstorm warnings issued for parts of southern Prairies

Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Saturday, July 13, 2013, 12:09 PM -

Environment Canada has issued tornado watches and thunderstorm warnings for parts of the southern Prairies.

The agency says a trough of low pressure moving through southern Saskatchewan will trigger violent thunderstorms this afternoon as it moves into the hot and humid air over southeastern Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba.

The storms will be capable of producing tornadoes, and have already produced tennis ball sized hail and heavy rain.

Please note that at this time, Regina is NOT included in the Watched areas.

A tornado watch is issued when the weather conditions could lead to the development of a tornado. A tornado warning is issued when a tornado is imminent or occurring.

Thunderstorms can generate local downpours that produce flash floods.

If possible avoid driving during active weather but if on the road, don't drive through water on the ground. Even shallow fast moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle away.

Keep an eye on The Weather Network and tune into your weather radio for updates.

If a tornado warning is issued for your area:

  • Take shelter immediately, preferably in a basement or secure interior room with no windows.
  • Trailer park residents should go to their designated shelter area.
  • If caught outdoors, lie flat in a ditch or other low-lying area and shield your head with your arms.
  • Do NOT attempt to outrun  tornado.

See updated alerts here.

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