‘Severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes’ Environment Canada says as funnel clouds spotted in Fraser Valley

'Severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes' Environment Canada says as funnel clouds spotted in Fraser Valley

Environment Canada has issued a warning that severe thunderstorms in the Fraser Valley region have the potential to produce tornadoes. This comes after several funnel clouds were spotted in the area.

According to Environment Canada, funnel clouds are rotating columns of air that do not reach the ground. However, they can quickly develop into tornadoes, which are violently rotating columns of air that can cause significant damage.

The warning was issued on Tuesday afternoon, as thunderstorms were expected to develop in the Fraser Valley and move towards the Lower Mainland. Environment Canada advised residents to take precautions and seek shelter if a tornado warning is issued.

Tornadoes are rare in British Columbia, with an average of 10 reported per year. However, they can occur during severe thunderstorms, which are more common in the summer months.

Environment Canada also reminded the public to stay informed and monitor weather alerts, as tornadoes can develop quickly and without warning. They also advised against chasing or approaching tornadoes, as they can be extremely dangerous.

In the event of a tornado, Environment Canada recommends seeking shelter in a sturdy building, such as a basement or interior room on the lowest level. If no shelter is available, lie flat in a low-lying area and cover your head with your hands.

The warning from Environment Canada serves as a reminder to always be prepared for severe weather conditions, especially during the summer months. Stay informed, stay safe, and seek shelter if necessary.

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