SEE IT: 7 Shocking photos of Manitoba's deadly tornado
Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 4:21 PM - Clean-up efforts continue after a powerful tornado ripped through the communities of Alonsa, Silver Ridge, and Margaret Bruce Beach, Manitoba last Friday, killing at least one person.
Environment Canada has officially classified the tornado as an EF-4, solidifying its place as the strongest twister seen on the continent so far this year.
EF-4 damage is associated with maximum winds between 267 and 322 km/h; speeds that make for devastating damage that levels even well-built houses and turns debris into deadly projectiles. The Alonsa tornado has been estimated to have boasted maximum winds between 270 and 280 km/h.
At least one person -- 77-year-old Jack Furrie -- was killed as the tornado ripped through the region. Furrie was found dead outside his destroyed home in Alonsa; the first confirmed fatality in a Canadian tornado since 2011's event in Goderich.