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Tornado tops Thursday list of wild weather

Lacey Follensbee photo</p><p>Lacey Follensbee kept an eye on the sky near Cayer, MB, Wednesday evening. More tornadic activity was reported Thursday.</p>

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Lacey Follensbee kept an eye on the sky near Cayer, MB, Wednesday evening. More tornadic activity was reported Thursday.

Violent weather stormed Thursday evening through Manitoba, including a tornado, two water spouts, a funnel cloud and egg-sized hail, according to Environment Canada.

At 5:30 p.m., a tornado touched down eight kilometres west of Camper, a small community in the Interlake region, situated about 160 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg.

Environment Canada meteorologist Terri Lang said Friday the tornado was only on the ground for a brief period.

Nearly two hours after that event, two water spouts (twisters that land on water) were seen on Dauphin Lake, some 15 km east of Dauphin.

Lang said a pair of funnel clouds also formed closer to Winnipeg. One was reported in the Ste. Agathe area, about 40 km south of the city centre, and another was spotted about 60 km south of Winnipeg near St. Pierre-Jolys.

Hail fell in other communities throughout the province, Lang said, adding Tyndall, northeast of Winnipeg, reported ice pellets the size of chicken eggs just before 8:30 p.m.

Thursday marked the second consecutive day of tornadic activity in the province: a water spout was reported on Lake Manitoba on Wednesday.

Anyone who sees a funnel cloud, hears a roaring sound, or sees swirling or flying debris, should take cover by going indoors to the lowest floor, staying away from outside walls and windows, Environment Canada says.

Last year, an EF-4 tornado struck the Alonsa area, killing 77-year-old Jack Furrie.

Manitoba's first tornado of 2019 touched down in May, near Letellier.

nicholas.frew@freepress.mb.ca

Twitter: @n_frew

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