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Canada Day tornado confirmed near Lone Pine, Alberta

Friday, July 3rd 2020, 7:00 pm - A Canada Day tornado was confirmed in Lone Pine, a community in central Alberta just northwest of Edmonton

A tornado was confirmed around the town of Lone Pine, Alta., on Canada Day, bringing the province's twister count up to four for 2020 so far.

Environment Canada says This particular tornado clocked in at a preliminary EF0. Tornados in Canada are measured on the Enhanced Fujita scale, or EF-scale. The measuring system ranks tornado wind speeds and damage to associate a level from EF0 to EF5.

There are no reports of damage, and Environment Canada is asking anyone who observed the tornado to contact them.

Lone Pine tornado

Tornados are no strangers to the Prairies, as around 43 occur for the three provinces throughout the year. Ontario and Quebec only share on average 17 per year.

Prior to switching to the Enhanced Fujita scale in 2013, Canada was measuring tornados according to the Fujita scale. Tornados recorded prior to the switch were recorded on the F-scale.

To date, there has only been one F5 tornado recorded in Canadian history. It touched down in Elie, Manitoba on June 22, 2007. There weren't any injuries.

Unfortunately, the Prairies' tornado-heavy track record includes some of Canada's most deadly incidents: A 1912 F4 tornado in Regina, Sask., that left 28 dead; An F4 tornado in Edmonton, Alta., in 1987 that killed 27, and an F3 tornado that touched down in Pine Lake, Alta. in 2000, killing 12.

Considering we are in the midst of tornado season, here are some safety tips to consider: Tornado 101: What you need to know about staying safe.

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