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Hamilton Tornado: A look back

Hamilton, Ontario tornado of 2005

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    Saturday, November 9, 2013, 6:31 PM -

    Eight years ago today, a rather rare tornado struck Hamilton, Ontario, leaving a path of destruction behind. 

    The F1 tornado touched down during the late afternoon hours of November 9, 2005. This came as a shock to many, as tornadoes are most common in Canada between May and September. 

    Eyewitnesses reported seeing the funnel cloud at around 4:00p.m. EDT. 

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    There was significant damage reported around the city, both from the storm and the actual tornado itself.

    The twister tore off the north part of Lawfield Elementary School's roof, while the north wall had completely buckled underneath. This ultimately led to the school's demolition and relocation months after. At the time the tornado was about 150 metres wide. 

    Although very rare, tornadoes have struck in Canada in November and even December. An F2 struck Exeter, Ontario on December 12, 1946.

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