A tornado was spotted a couple kilometres north of Griffin on Saturday. Environment Canada confirmed it was a landspout tornado that touched down for about 10 minutes around 5:30 p.m.

Meteorologist with Environment Canada Mark Melsness said a landspout tornado tends to be short-lived.

"They tend to be a little bit weaker than their supercell cousins, which is the type that you might hear about go through Oklahoma or that type of thing, and they tend to be a little bit weaker but they can certainly cause damage and they're not to be taken lightly," shared Melsness.

He said the tornado touched down in an empty field and didn't cause any serious damage. The tornado came with a thunderstorm. Melsness said people should seek shelter if they do see a tornado, as blowing debris and the accompanying lightning can be deadly.

The hamlet of Griffin is located about 73 kilometres northwest of Estevan.

Video footage of the tornado taken by Mark van Staveren:

 

 

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