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Remembering a deadly Ontario tornado that tossed cabins into a nearby lake

Friday, July 9th 2021, 5:30 am - On this day in weather history, an F2 tornado hit Ear Falls, Ontario.

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This Day In Weather History is a daily podcast by The Weather Network that features stories about people, communities, and events and how weather impacted them.

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On Thursday, July 9, 2009, at 8:20 p.m., an F2 tornado hit Fisherman's Cove resort on Lac Seul, a lake near the town of Ear Falls, Ont. Ear Falls is located in the northwestern area of the province.

Brian Denzler, a local small-business owner, was inside when he heard a noise that sounded like a freight train, jet engine, and waterfall.

Thumbnail: Ear Falls, Ontario. Courtesy of Dorothy Moore Ear Falls, Ont. Courtesy of Dorothy Moore

Denzler watched as the tornado flattened areas of the campground. He saw it head towards cabins where three Oklahoma men were staying.

"It was so quick," said Denzler. Adding, "those cottages were airborne. It was like watching The Wizard of Oz. But then everything just turned to matchsticks and it all went flying across the lake, half a mile out or more."


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Fifteen minutes after the tornado ravaged the area, the skies cleared. Denzer took a boat out around the lake to look for signs of life.

All three men died; 78-year-old Stanley Hollis, 65-year-old Bernie Jackson, and 66-year-old Dennis Kinkaid.

Damaged trees from the tornado path - Courtesy TWN Damaged trees from the tornado path. Courtesy of TWN

The tornado's path reached up to 100-feet wide, with winds up to 240 km/h. Two cabins were destroyed and another one was shifted. But the people staying in the third cabin were slightly injured.

To learn more about the Ear Falls Tornado, listen to today's episode of "This Day In Weather History."

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