HALIFAX - Environment Canada says while unlikely, the possibility is there for a tornado to strike Halifax Regional Municipality.
The comments come as officials with Environment Canada confirm that a tornado touched down in New Brunswick over the weekend.
A fierce storm that hit the Grand Lake area on Saturday night hurled some structures, including a barn and a garage, the length of a football field.
The storm also uprooted trees, broke phone lines and damaged buildings.
Just one day earlier, tornado warnings were issued for parts of New Brunswick, along with some regions in Cape Breton.
“We can’t ever rule it out. In fact we have had tornadoes reported in all provinces,” said Linda Libby, a meterologist with Environment Canada.
She said it would be uncommon for a tornado to hit HRM, or anywhere in mainland Nova Scotia because it requires a perfect mix of weather conditions.
Warm moist conditions are a precursor, but Libby said something extra is required to destabilize the atmosphere.
“On Saturday, that was a cold front,” Libby said of the severe thunderstorm that happened in New Brunswick.
Raw footage taken near Cambridge Narrows in New Brunswick shows a funnel cloud touching down over Washademoak Lake, carrying large peices of debris.
Footage collected is currently being investigated by Environment Canada to determine the storm’s impact. The scope of the damage is also being analyzed, including destroyed barns and upended trees.
“There may be multiple tornadoes. It may have been one tornado that skipped.” said Libby.
In the event of a tornado, Environment Canada recommends taking shelter in the lowest level of a building or a ditch if you’re outside.
- with files from The Canadian Press