Tornado watch issued across Southwest Saskatchewan

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Tornado Watch issued in Southwest Saskatchewan - May 28

Environment Canada will be watching the skies carefully over the coming hours after issuing a Tornado Watch for Southwest Saskatchewan.

The Watch advises that conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms which may produce tornadoes starting tonight and through to after midnight.

The watch is in effect for the Shaunavon - Maple Creek - Val Marie - Cypress Hills; the Swift Current - Herbert - Cabri - Kyle - Lucky Lake; the Leader - Gull Lake; the Assiniboia - Gravelbourg - Coronach;  plus the Moose Jaw - Pense - Central Butte - Craik forecast areas.

The Advisory reads as follows: "A low pressure system and advancing warm front in Montana will push into southern Saskatchewan today likely triggering severe thunderstoms later this afternoon into this evening over southwest Saskatchewan. There is a potential that some of these storms may produce tornadoes at the onset of the event. The potential for large hail and damaging winds will also exist and will continue into the evening as thunderstorms continue to track to the east tonight. The severe thunderstorm threat may spread into southeast Saskatchewan overnight and watches may be expanded east later today. Be prepared for severe weather. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches.

In the event of a tornado, or if a tornado warning is issued for your area, it is recommended you take the following actions: Go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell or interior closet. Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelter, and move to a strong building if you can. As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris."

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Shaunavon, Maple Creek Val Marie Swift Current Lucky Lake Gull Lake Assiniboia Gravelbourg Moose Jaw Montana Southern Saskatchewan

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