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Weak landspout tornado confirmed in Alberta

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Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9:00 PM - With some snow still lingering on the side of roads, people in Alberta spotted a twister Saturday afternoon.

Environment Canada confirmed a brief tornado did occur near the small community of Jenner, around 2:50 MDT, based on photographic evidence sent in from several storm chasers, who also posted photos to Twitter.

No damage has been reported, and the tornado dissipated without incident. Environment Canada gave the twister a rating of EF-0 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, with winds up to 137 km/h.

"This was considered a landspout tornado that was generated by weak  rotation under a rapidly growing thunderstorm," the weather agency says. 

Environment Canada says landspout tornadoes typically don't cause significant damage "but can still be dangerous as they can topple trees, damage roofs, or toss debris a short distance."

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