Large Funnel Cloud Near Vancouver Generates Short Tornado Watch in Howe Sound, North Shore | The Canadian News

A large funnel-shaped cloud detected in the Strait of Georgia near Vancouver International Airport prompted Environment Canada to briefly issue a tornado watch for parts of the Lower Mainland.

The alert was issued around 5:30 p.m. and was rescinded shortly before 6 p.m.

However, a special meteorological declaration remained in effect for most of the south coast, warning of strong winds between 50 and 70 km / h, and between 70 and 90 km / h in the exposed coastal sections of Vancouver Island.

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The initial short-lived alert had warned that “conditions are favorable for the development of funnel-shaped clouds and possibly short and weak tornadoes,” adding: “This is a dangerous and life-threatening situation.”

Environment Canada said people should be prepared for severe weather and take shelter immediately if threatening weather approaches.

In the event of a tornado, he said people should immediately go to an interior room on the lowest floor, away from walls and windows.

People should leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers, or other separate shelters and, if they can, move to a sturdy building.

As a last resort, people can lie low and protect their heads from flying debris.

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