Skip to main content

Severe thunderstorms in Manitoba bringing strong winds, nickel-sized hail: ECCC

Stormy skies are pictured over Portage la Prairie on June 20, 2024. (Opal Barnes) Stormy skies are pictured over Portage la Prairie on June 20, 2024. (Opal Barnes)

Severe thunderstorms are tracking across Manitoba Thursday afternoon, with officials warning of strong winds and nickel-sized hail.

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) issued a severe thunderstorm watch for a swath of southern Manitoba including Brandon, Portage la Prairie, Selkirk, Berens River, and Killarney.

According to the weather agency, the storms may produce strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

Meantime, there is a severe thunderstorm warning in effect for the R.M. of Fisher.

In the advisory issued late Thursday afternoon, ECCC said a severe thunderstorm located near Sharpwood, Man., is moving east at 30 km/h.

It is producing 90 km/h wind gusts and nickel-sized hail.

ECCC reminds residents severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes, and heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.

Residents are asked to keep monitoring alerts and forecasts issued by ECCC. Top Stories

Ontario MPP removed from PC caucus over 'serious lapses in judgment'

Premier Doug Ford has removed a member of his caucus due to what he’s describing as 'serious lapses in judgment.' In a statement released Friday morning, the premier’s office said MPP Goldie Ghamari had been removed from the Progressive Conservative caucus 'effective immediately.'

Russia to prepare a 'response' to U.S. drones over Black Sea

Russia's defence minister ordered officials to prepare a 'response' to U.S. drone flights over the Black Sea, the ministry said Friday, in an apparent warning that Moscow may take forceful action to ward off the American reconnaissance aircraft.

A harmless asteroid will whiz past Earth Saturday. Here's how to spot it

Called 2024 MK, the space rock will make its closest approach to Earth Saturday morning, passing by at about three-quarters the distance from Earth to the moon. It was first spotted two weeks ago by a South African observatory and is about 393 feet to 853 feet (120 metres to 260 metres) wide.

Stay Connected