Manitoba

Tornado watch ends for Winnipeg as thunderstorms move east

Environment Canada ended all tornado watches in the province as thunderstorms across southern Manitoba moved east, toward Ontario.

Most of eastern Manitoba remains under a severe thunderstorm watch

A storm chaser catches up with some ominous clouds near Lundar, Man., around 7 p.m. on Thursday. (Brenden Sawchuk/@brenden_wx)

Environment Canada ended all tornado watches in the province late Thursday night as thunderstorms across southern Manitoba moved east, toward Ontario.

Thunderstorms, capable of producing tornadoes, churned across a broad swath of the province, including Winnipeg, Portage la Prairie, Morden-Winkler and cottage communities along Lake Winnipeg's southern basin and in Whiteshell Provincial Park, Environment Canada said in its weather statement

Ominous clouds appeared overhead at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in Birds Hill Provincial Park late Thursday evening, with lightning halting the Death Cab for Cutie performance.

Environment Canada expects the system to continue to move east and, as of 10:40 p.m., had ended all the tornado watches in the province.

Some areas in eastern Manitoba — including Morden-Winkler, the Whiteshell and Steinbach — remain under a severe thunderstorm watch. 

For the latest information overnight, Manitobans can consult the Environment Canada's public alerts.

Manitobans should take cover if threatening weather approaches or if a tornado warning is issued.

Environment Canada advises people to go inside, head to the lowest floor and away from outside walls or windows such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell or closet.