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B.C. storm included tornado, 130 km/h winds: Environment Canada

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The storm occurred late August in Fort St. John, and featured pelting rain and lightning plus a tornado that was up to 80 metres wide with 130 km/h winds.

With rain pouring down and lightning streaking overhead, a B.C. woman captured video of a storm last month that spawned a tornado.

The video clip was taken near Fort St. John from inside a moving vehicle on the evening of Friday, Aug. 21.

Scenes show dark grey, low-lying clouds, with pelting rain and howling winds.

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As the two-minute clip progresses, some clouds can be seen gathering into funnel-like clouds.

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The video doesn’t show an actual funnel, and those funnel-like clouds are pannus or scud clouds.

Witnesses reported trees being blown sideways, shingles being ripped from roofs and fences flattened.

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On Wednesday, Environment Canada confirmed that the weather event did, indeed, include a tornado.

“Environment and Climate Change Canada received several reports of tornado damage,” said the weather agency.

“Damages included damage to homes, vehicles and other property. This tornado has been given a rating of EF0 with a track three kilometres long and up to 80 meters wide. Wind speeds were estimated up to 130 km/h.”

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The Enhanced Fujita scale for tornado damage goes from F0 to F5, with the zero rating having winds between 40 and 85 miles per hour (136 km/h).

The next scale has winds from 73 to 112 mph (180 km/h), leading up to F5, which tops out at 261-317 mph (510 km/h).

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Environment Canada noted that a remote damage survey was done in collaboration with the Northern Tornadoes Project, which determined the rating of the tornado’s strength.

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The weather agency said meteorologists are seeking pictures of this tornado and damage. Should you have any information regarding the tornado, you are asked to call 1-800-239-0484 or email them at BCStorm@Canada.ca.

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