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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

A rare tornado alert was given for Metro Vancouver for a brief time

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  • Environment Canada issued a rare tornado warning for Metro Vancouver and the Howe Sound region on Saturday evening.
  • If a tornado is approaching, move inside a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows.

Environment Canada issued a rare tornado warning for Metro Vancouver and the Howe Sound region on Saturday evening.

It happened after a video surfaced on social media of a funnel cloud over the lake near Vancouver International Airport.

A YVR official told CTV News Vancouver that aircraft were placed into a holding pattern Saturday evening “out of an abundance of caution” due to a “weather incident” near the airport.

“All planes landed safely, and airport operations were unaffected,” stated the spokeswoman.

The phenomenon was described as a “waterspout” travelling north toward West Vancouver and the mouth of Howe Sound, including Bowen Island, in an Environment Canada release.

“Current signs indicate that it is fading,” the meteorological service added, “but atmospheric conditions are conducive to the production of waterspouts or weak funnel clouds during the next two hours.” “This is a possibly life-threatening situation.”

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According to Environment Canada, residents should “be prepared for severe weather” and “take cover quickly” if dangerous weather approaches.

Waterspout Spins off Vancouver Airport as Rare Tornado Watch Issued for  Metro Area

According to the agency, if a tornado is approaching, move inside to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows. According to Environment Canada, this might include a basement, bathroom, stairwell, or inside the closet.

“Leave mobile homes, trucks, tents, trailers, and other temporary or free-standing shelter,” the agency advised, “and relocate to a solid building if you can.” “Lie down in a low spot as the last option to protect your head from flying debris.”

The tornado alert was issued at 5:30 p.m., although it was only in effect for about an hour. It had been withdrawn from the Environment Canada website’s public notifications section by 6:20 p.m.

A special weather report is still in effect for numerous coastal areas of B.C., but it only refers to high winds expected Monday night. It does not mention the possibility of tornadoes.

Source: CTV News

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