New Brunswick

No evidence of tornado in Sussex, says Environment Canada

Environment Canada says depite a big thunderstorm, there is no evidence of a tornado touching down in the Sussex area on Tuesday night.

Warning had been issued Tuesday night, but no reports of damage

Environment Canada had issued a tornado warning for the Kings County area shortly before 7 p.m. on Tuesday. (Environment Canada)

There is no evidence of a tornado touching down in the Sussex area on Tuesday night despite a large thunderstorm, according to Environment Canada.

The weather service had issued a tornado warning for the Kings County area, just before 7 p.m., after a radar image indicated a rotation cloud, said meteorologist Claude Côté.

"Doppler radar indicates strong rotation south of Pearsonville and north of Belleisle Creek and it is moving southeast at 50 km/h," the warning stated.

"This is a dangerous and life-threatening situation. Take cover, if threatening weather approaches, in a sturdy permanent building or underground."

But the warning for residents between Havelock and Hampton only lasted for about an hour, said Côté.

And after contacting the RCMP, first responders and provincial officials, he said he doesn't believe there have been any reports of damage or eye witness reports of a funnel cloud.

The high temperatures and humid conditions did, however, cause heavy rain and strong winds in some parts of the province. Fredericton, for example, had damaged trees and power outages.

2 or 3 spotted each year

New Brunswick usually sees two or three tornados every year, said Côté.

The most active area is the northwestern part of the province, around Edmundston and Grand Falls, he said.

Environment Canada always sends a crew into an area where a tornado touches down to confirm what its radar indicates, said Côté.

"Scientists want to verify what we see on radar if it really corresponds to a rotation or tornadic activity," he said.

"So unless you have video of funnel clouds, or touchdowns, or significant damage on the ground, you want scientists to go and do some ground truthing of what we see on radar."