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Tornado Strikes Ontario

Breaking Storm News
Ontario, Canada
At the same time Sherry McCall and her family were watching two funnel clouds approaching the Winthrop-area farm of her parents, Orville and Lila Storey, meteorologist Geoff Coulson was watching “strong rotation signatures” near Winthrop on the radar.“We did have at least one touch down near Winthrop. It was confirmed as an F1 on the Fujita scale, which is winds between 120 and 180 km/h,” says the Environment Canada warning preparedness meteorologist.Coulson says a damage team sent from Environment Canada and the University of Western Ontario to the area after last Tuesday evening’s storm found plenty of evidence of a tornado.While the exact path and number of funnel clouds haven’t been determined, Coulson says there was wind damage from Winthrop through Brodhagen to Bornholm and Monkton.“We’re not sure if it all links up,” he says.The worst of the damage occurred between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with flattened barns, toppled silos, downed trees and debris sprayed at a wide angle throughout country fields.Luckily, no one was hurt and no one lost their home during the storm.“There was very selective damage in a narrow path, which is very tornadic in nature,” says Coulson.
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