According to reports and footage sent to Environment Canada, there is a possibility that an extremely rare tornado formed near Hayward Lake in Lower Mainland, B.C. on September 16. If confirmed, this will be the 5th tornado in British Columbia over the past 15 years.
After further investigation, there was evidence of rotation on Doppler radar suggesting a F0 tornado, however, the status will remain "possible," the agency said September 18.
The last reported tornadoes in the Lower Mainland occurred near Coquitlam on May 1, 1988 and another near Pitt Meadows on March 10, 1991, both F0.
And here's a radar animation of the thunderstorm cells moving NE from Langley towards Stave Lake on Sunday afternoon. Reflectivities of 45dBz (orange) indicate downpours of 25mm/hr. #BCstorm pic.twitter.com/aTy5o6P5Dv— ECCC Weather British Columbia (@ECCCWeatherBC) September 18, 2018
BREAKING: "A weak tornado is not completely out of the question," is what ECCC says about this @GlobalNews viewer video taken Sunday at 3:03pm along Hayward Lake. Could be #BC's 1st tornado in 30 years! @KGordonGlobalBC has the exclusive details @GlobalBC #bcstorm #yvr pic.twitter.com/IIHIdj0kmK— Peter Quinlan (@PQuinlanGlobal) September 18, 2018
Featured image credit: Environment Canada