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High risk of localized flooding on the Prairies

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Friday, June 27, 2014, 7:40 PM -

Severe thunderstorm warnings are in place for parts of the Prairies as a slow-moving storm moves through the region, elevating the risk for localized flooding.

"A squall line extending from Melita, Manitoba to Strathclair, Manitoba is developing and moving slowly to the east," Weather Network meteorologist Brett Soderholm said Friday evening.

"An easterly wind is preventing the usual rapid movement of this line to the east, meaning that significant precipitation can be expected along this line. Localized flooding, and ponding on roads/highways is the largest concern, so avoid travelling if at all possible."


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Funnel clouds have already been spotted across the region, although no tornadoes were said to have touched down.

The majority of the rain is expected to fall Friday night into Saturday with the rain sticking around through to Monday.

"Take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches," Environment Canada says in a statement.

"Fast moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle away. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles."

No tornado watches or warnings have been issued, but it's important to remember that all severe storms are capable of producing a tornado.

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