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.
Video shared by Environment Canada of a short-lived tornado in North Saanich in Greater Victoria. Someone will need to replace their trampoline. pic.twitter.com/iGgxqxIt2c
— Ken Chan (@iamkennethchan) May 22, 2020
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.
We have received footage from North Saanich of what appears to be a weak, short-lived EF0 tornado at 12:18pm PDT. The unsettled conditions under which this tornado & cells of heavy showers occurred will diminish late this afternoon.
Please use #BCStorm to send reports.
— ECCC Weather British Columbia (@ECCCWeatherBC) May 21, 2020
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.