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Ontario's fifth tornado of the season confirmed in the New Tecumseth area

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 6:52 - Ontario's fifth tornado of the season has been confirmed by Environment Canada.

"A cluster of strong to severe thunderstorms developed Tuesday afternoon ahead of a cold front," said EC in the weather summary. "A tornado has been confirmed from this event. It occurred in the New Tecumseth area east of Tottenham around 3:30 pm."


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The tornado was rated an EF-1 with maximum winds between 135 and 175 km/h.

"Preliminary investigation suggests that the tornado had a path length of at least 10 kilometres," EC says. "Further investigation will be conducted today."

The twister damaged at least one house and a barn where a horse was reportedly killed, according to The Canadian Press.

Fortunately, Emergency Management Ontario said no injuries were reported.

Some roads have been closed in the area and residents are being urged to look out for downed trees and power lines.


A funnel cloud was also spotted in eastern Ontario near the Quebec border, but EC says there's no evidence that it touched down.

Tuesday's tornado struck exactly one week after an EF-2 tornado ripped through the small town of Angus where more than 100 homes were damaged and three people were injured.

In fact, all five of the tornadoes confirmed in Ontario this year have occurred on a Tuesday.

According to EC, two tornadoes hitting similar areas is a coincidence. The agency says it's not uncommon to see tornadoes in the Windsor-to-London-to-Barrie corridor.

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