Tornado briefly touches down in neighbourhood near Victoria (VIDEO)

May 22 2020, 6:18 pm

A weak tornado touched down briefly on Thursday in southern Vancouver Island, in a neighbourhood in North Saanich in Greater Victoria.

The twister touched down shortly after 12 pm. There were no reports of injuries or damages to structures, although a video shared by Environment Canada appears to show a trampoline flying into the air.

According to the federal meteorological agency, this was a EF0 tornado, which has winds ranging between 105 to 137 km/hr.

“The unsettled conditions under which this tornado and cells of heavy showers occurred will diminish late this afternoon,” reads a tweet by Environment Canada on Thursday.

Last week, a funnel cloud was also spotted near Vancouver International Airport.

Funnel clouds are relatively rare in Metro Vancouver, but they are actually common along the Canadian and American Pacific Coast during the fall and spring months.

Daily Hive reported a waterspout sighting near the airport in 2015, and an EF0 tornado may have touched down in the Fraser Valley in 2018.

DH Vancouver StaffDH Vancouver Staff

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