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Probable tornado reported near Erin, Ontario

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 9:17 PM - Severe thunderstorms rumbled through southern Ontario Wednesday evening, prompting tornado warnings in the Barrie and Midland regions.

At least two videos have surfaced of a brief, probable tornado near Erin, Ontario, about 100 km southwest of the tornado-warned areas.

Weather Network meteorologists have reviewed the video and believe the formation is likely a tornado, but only Environment Canada can confirm a twister.

The weather agency hasn't released a statement about the video yet, but meteorologists suspect the twister will be confirmed after a survey team is sent to analyze the area.

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Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network, says that EC depends on first-hand accounts -- like videos from people on the ground -- when severe weather rolls through.

"In order for Environment Canada to confirm a tornado, they need some kind of evidence -- whether that be from photos or videos or from data collected in a damage survey," she explains.

"If they've received a lot of damage reports that they think might have been caused by a tornado, they'll send out a survey team."

Additional rain is forecast for southern Ontario Thursday, but the storms are expected to be non-severe.

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