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Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Pukatawagan, other northern areas under severe thunderstorm warning

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of northern Manitoba, including communities near Flin Flon and for Pukatawagan, Leaf Rapids and Lynn Lake.
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Lightning and thunderstorm in a remote area.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of northern Manitoba, including communities near Flin Flon and for Pukatawagan, Leaf Rapids and Lynn Lake. 

Warnings for Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage and Grass River Provincial Park were called around noon local time Saturday. The warnings, issued by Environment Canada, state that the organization is tracking a thunderstorm system going through the north and are predicting heavy rain, up to nickel sized hail in some places and strong winds.

"Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain," reads the statement as of around 1 p.m.

"This severe thunderstorm is located approximately 100 kilometres southwest of Pukatawagan and is moving to the east at 70 kilometres per hour."

Forecasts for Flin Flon are, as of 12:22 p.m. Saturday, calling for a mix of sun and cloud Saturday afternoon with a 60 per cent chance of showers or thunderstorms and a risk of severe thunderstorms. A heavy chance of rain is in the forecast until late Tuesday, along with a 30 per chance of showers and chance of thunderstorms through Saturday night and into Sunday.

"Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall."