Severe weather in northern N.B.

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Heavy rain, hail and wind, Plaster Rock, NB, 27 June 2017 (Greg LeBel/Facebook)

An unstable air mass moved from west to east in New Brunswick producing severe thunderstorms bringing torrential rain, large hail and strong winds.

Environment Canada believes a severe thunderstorm formed near Doaktown and possibly spawned a tornado that moved into the Blackville area last night.

Golf ball size hail and damaging winds with gusts up to 100 km/h were recorded in the Plaster Rock area.

Southeast New Brunswick has seen an above average 18 days with thunderstorm activity this June and a severe thunderstorm watch was issued in the region this afternoon.

Tornado season ramps up in American Midwest

Tornado damage in Fairdale, Illinois, USA, 10 April 2015 (Twitter)

Tornado damage in Fairdale, Illinois, USA, 10 April 2015 (Twitter)


The roughly 200 residents of the small community of Fairdale, Illinois, northwest of Chicago, are assessing the destruction from a powerful tornado which struck two days ago.

Authorities say at least two people were killed and dozens of others injured in a vast storm system which brought strong winds and heavy rain to a large swath of the American Midwest.

A good news story came from Rochelle, Illinois when emergency crews were able to remove debris and rescue 12 people from a restaurant who had taken refuge in the basement.

The severe weather also cancelled hundreds of flights at Chicago’s two major airports.