You can’t rule out a tornado hitting Nova Scotia one day: Environment Canada

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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

Organizations: Environment Canada, Canadian Press

Geographic location: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Grand Lake Cape Breton Washademoak Lake

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Recent comments

  • Dave
    July 23, 2013 - 17:38

    Pugwash Aug 18 1999, it already happened!!!! And that was not the only one to hit Nova Scotia. All you need is a computer and you can find out anything. Environment Canada should look into getting some!

    • Katie
      December 13, 2013 - 09:15

      January 30th, 1954 -White Point Beach June 24th, 1997 - Lantz August 18, 1999 -Pugwash Yes, it has already happened, but I think the title was constructed by the news site and not by Environment Canada. I think the average Nova Scotian doesn't figure we can get hit by a tornado. Especially not a strong one, but they're saying we can never rule it out, because it has happened before. But all the tornadoes we've had so far have been near relatively small communities, and they're pointing out that the more densely populated HRM area shouldn't consider themselves entirely safe- we should at least educate ourselves of the dangers.