CBC meteorologist John Sauder said there were severe thunderstorm warnings issued for many parts of southern Manitoba, and a storm warning issued for areas near Dauphin.
A tornado was spotted on the Saskatchewan side of the provincial boundary and Environment Canada warned at 3:50 p.m. CST that meteorologists were tracking a dangerous thunderstorm that might produce a tornado in Manitoba.
Environment Canada said Doppler radar indicated a strong rotation just north of St. Eustache near Route 26 moving to the southeast. Spotters reported a rotating wall cloud associated with this thunderstorm, which made a tornado a possibility.
A tornado warning issued for the area west of Winnipeg was later lifted. Severe storms continued to track across the south however and new tornado warnings were issued just before 6 p.m. CST for areas east of Winnipeg, including Steinbach and Richer.
Earlier, there was a large and intense storm just north of Gladstone with hail, damaging winds, lightning and heavy rain in the area.
The storm warnings cover areas around Highway 50 and north of Highway 16.