Second tornado confirmed, packed winds of 175 km/h
Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 12:20 PM - Environment Canada has confirmed a second tornado from the powerful storms that lashed southern Ontario on Sunday.
The twister, rated EF-1 with winds up to 175 km/h, occurred in the area of Marsville in East Garafraxa, Durham County, and had a damage path of round 2 km.
"The damage included snapped large trees, an overturned feed barn, and some light damage to barns and a house," the agency says.
Storm chasers Dave Patrick and Kirk MacDonald happened upon the damage on Tuesday, and the tornado was confirmed on Wednesday morning.
The other confirmed tornado from the Sunday storms happened in Teviotdale in Wellington County, and was a much stronger EF-2 twister with winds up to 220 km/h and a damage path of 7 km.
The impact was greater also, with major damage to two homes, part of a roof ripped off, and a wall collapse.
It also damaged barns, knocked over trees and power lines, and caused damage to five police cruisers at a nearby OPP detachment.
Those were the third and fourth tornadoes confirmed in Ontario so far this season. The yearly average for the province is 12.
Environment Canada also looked into damage north of Ajax, where two large metal sheds were knocked over and an airplane hangar was mangled with damage to the aircraft inside. However, that was found to be the result of straight-line winds up to 175 km/h.
Tornado strength typically cannot be determined by observing the twister while it is on the ground, but by examining the damage left behind after the fact.
Sunday's storms downed trees all over the province, cancelled events and left more than 50,000 without power at the peak.
No major injuries were reported from the tornadoes, but the storm contributed to at least one death in Kincardine.
South Bruce OPP - body of a male victim located off the shore - Kincardine. Details to follow. email@example.com. pic.twitter.com/c0QFq0ffkR— OPP West (@OPP_WR) August 4, 2015
A 16-year-old boy went missing off the pier amid large waves Sunday afternoon as major storms brought strong winds to the area. Emergency services were forced at one point to scale back the search due to lightning fears and rough waters.
On Tuesday afternoon police divers pulled the body of Lucas Johnson of Goderich from the waters, according to the Kincardine News.
SOURCE: The Weather Network | Environment Canada | Kincardine News