Brandon, MB (CKLQ) - We are right in the middle of peak funnel cloud and tornado season in Manitoba.
CAA officials remind motorists there are a number of things to keep in mind to ensure safety during the peak sighting months of June and July.
Erika Miller with CAA Manitoba explains what you should do if you're in your vehicle and you spot a funnel cloud.
"Never try to outrun a tornado in your car because it's hard to know if it's coming toward you or moving away," Miller said.
She adds it's difficult to gauge the proximity of a twister.
"So if you see a funnel cloud approaching the best thing to do is pull over and seek shelter," Miller said.
However the worst forms of shelter are highway underpasses.
"The problem with underpasses is they actually can become wind tunnels and the underpass can collapse or your vehicle can be blown away," Miller said.
Severe weather safety tips:
- Remember that tornado season in Canada peaks in June and July.
- Always listen to the local radio station for weather warnings and updates in the area.
- Drive with a fully-charged cell phone on hand.
- Carry a stocked emergency kit, equipped for the number of passengers in your car.
- Drive to conditions - wet, rainy roads can be as slippery as ice, so slow down and be alert.
Severe thunderstorm weather can change quickly, creating strong winds, flash flooding, large hail, or forming funnel clouds at moment's notice.
Drivers are reminded not to travel during weather warnings if they can avoid it.