Environment Canada confirms second tornado in Ontario on Friday

By on August 8, 2017


Environment Canada has confirmed two tornadoes touched down near Huntsville, Ont., on Friday. (Photo by NOAA Photo Library/Flickr, CC BY 2.0)
Environment Canada has confirmed two tornadoes touched down near Huntsville, Ont., on Friday. (Photo by NOAA Photo Library/Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

TORONTO — Environment Canada has confirmed two tornadoes touched down near Huntsville, Ont., on Friday.

The agency says the first one struck on the south side of the central Ontario town just before 4 p.m., then tracked about one kilometre northeastward over land and then another three kilometres over a lake as a tornadic waterspout.

Environment Canada says a “number of homes and numerous trees were toppled” by the EF-1 twister, which is the second-lowest rating on a scale that measures tornado intensity.

The width of its path is estimated to have ranged from 50 to 120 metres with estimated wind speeds of 130 to 150 km/h.

A second and stronger tornado measuring EF-2 struck several minutes later about 15 kilometres northeast of Huntsville and caused structural damage to some cottages and heavily damaged some trees.

The agency believes this tornado produced winds up to 190 km/h, with a track length some nine kilometres long and 100 to 200 metres wide.

There were no reported injuries in either tornado.