Monday, October 26th 2020, 1:16 pm - The Northern Tornadoes Project has confirmed that an EF0 tornado hit the town of Thornbury amid Friday's severe weather outbreak.
After seeing temperatures soar into summer-like values, a potent cold front helped to trigger late season thunderstorms across parts of southern Ontario on Friday.
The 20+ degree daytime highs were soon replaced with ominous skies, heavy rain and powerful winds. On Monday, the Northern Tornadoes Project confirmed that a tornado had struck the town of Thornbury during Friday's storms.
According to the survey team, the tornado followed a path through the town before entering Georgian Bay.
The tornado has been given a preliminary rating of EF0, with maximum wind speeds up to 130 km/h. The length of its path spanned about three kilometres.
"The tornado produced tree damage and damage to a power pole and street lamp," officials say.
Friday's severe thunderstorms also impacted several areas near and east of Georgian Bay with numerous reports of golfball-sized hail and damaging winds.
Some photos of the damage from the Oct 23rd tornado in Thornbury, ON. Note that the power pole had a streetlight attached to it. Four healthy conifers were snapped on the adjacent property. #onstorm pic.twitter.com/PZOPuds0Ow— Northern Tornadoes Project (@westernuNTP) October 26, 2020
With this latest confirmation, Environment Canada and Northern Tornadoes Project has so far verified 40 tornadoes in Ontario in 2020.
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