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Anniversary of Elie - Manitoba tornado

June 22 marked 6th anniversary of Elie tornado

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Digital writers

Sunday, June 23, 2013, 8:49 PM -

June 22nd marked the 6th anniversary of a powerful F5 tornado that ripped through Elie, Manitoba. 

 The town, 40 kilometres west of Winnipeg, saw several homes leveled but fortunately, no one was killed or injured. 

Powerful winds reached well over 420 km/h. 

Originally designated an F4 on the Fujita scale, it was later upgraded.

The increase on the scale was attributed to damage done across the town. Some well built homes, with solid foundations, were swept clean off the ground. 

Elie was the first example of an F5 in Canada, making it the strongest ever recorded in the country. 

It was also the 11th F5 to occur in North America since 1999. 

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