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Skies 08-22-2014 12:50 AM

August 19 - Fourteenth and fifteenth tornadoes of the season in Ontario.


Weather summary for Southern Ontario and the National Capital Region
issued by Environment Canada at 5:20 P.M. EDT Thursday
21 August 2014.

Fourteenth and fifteenth tornadoes of the season in Ontario.

An Environment Canada storm investigation team has confirmed that two
tornadoes occurred in Essex County around 6:30 P.M. EDT Tuesday
August 19.

The first event occurred in the City of Windsor to the east of
Huron-church road near Grand Marais road west.  The width of the
damage track was about 150 metres and the length of damage was
Around 1.5 kilometres.  This type of narrow damage track is
consistent with that of a tornado.  Along the track a number of trees
were snapped or lost large branches.  In addition a gazebo was
destroyed and some homes lost shingles as well. This type of damage
is consistent with an enhanced Fujita scale zero (ef zero) tornado
with winds between 90 and 130 kilometres per hour.

The second event occurred at roughly the same time to the northeast
of harrow. A barn on a farm property had part of its roof removed
along with other damage. The damage on this farm property was very
localized with the debris being scattered in different directions.
This is also consistent with damage done by an enhanced Fujita scale
zero (ef zero) tornado.

Environment Canada is continuing to investigate the possibility of
tornadoes from storms that occurred on the evening of Wednesday
August 20.  Reports of a possible tornado in the Stratford area and
another in the Erin area of Wellington County have been received.
Information received to this point has not indicated any damage
occurring from either event.  Video footage was received of a
rotating cloud in the Erin area but to be classified as a tornado the
rotation must be strong enough to produce damaging winds. At this
point it appears the event in Erin was short-lived and remained over
an open field making it difficult to assess the strength of the winds
involved. Environment Canada will continue to investigate both events
and update this summary as required.

This now brings the total count of tornadoes in Ontario this year
To 15. Ontario normally confirms 12 tornadoes each year in a season
that runs from late April until early October.

Please note that this summary may contain preliminary or unofficial
information and does not constitute a complete or final report.


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