Environment Canada confirms low-grade tornado hit Vancouver over the weekend

The woman and her dog will pass the UBC sign at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.Canada Press / Jonathan Hayward

According to the Environment Canada, a tornado with wind speeds up to 110 kilometers per hour passed at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on Saturday.

The Meteorological Agency’s confirmation is done after investigating the damage that found broken, uprooted trees, debris, downed power lines, and damaged vehicles.

According to the latest information posted on Monday afternoon, the provisional rating of EF0, the lowest on the Fujita Tornado Scale, is subject to change as more information becomes available.

Environment Canada had previously reported a tornado in the Straits of Georgia, just west of Vancouver International Airport, around 5 pm on November 6.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the storm then struck part of the BC University campus, diverting buses, pedestrians and cyclists from major access roads where fallen trees and branches were still removed on Monday.

No one was injured and the Environment Canada tornado watch was quickly lifted.

British Columbia has been hit by a series of extreme weather events, from the heat dome in late June, which produced the highest temperatures ever recorded in Canada, to the two so-called bomb cyclones that hit the south coast last month.

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