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Tornado confirmed in NW Ontario after last week's storms

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Friday, September 29, 2017, 9:46 PM - While southern Ontario sweltered in 30-degree weather leading into last weekend, parts of the northwest experienced thunderstorms to produce at least one tornado.

Environment and Climate Change Canada confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched down near Kenora, Ont. on Friday, September 22, as part of the severe storms that rolled through the area.

"One thunderstorm was particularly intense and caused some damage to a remote cabin and nearby trees on Werner Lake, about 80 km northwest of Kenora," the agency said in a summary on Friday, a week after the twister touched down. "Subsequent analysis has concluded that the damage was probably caused by a tornado with maximum winds of 120 km/h, which is an EF-0 on the Enhanced Fujita scale."

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ECC says no injuries were reported. Only ECC can confirm a tornado in Canada, which it does based on damage patterns after the fact. Canada's large geography means tornadoes in more remote parts of the country may take time to be confirmed.

The province of Ontario statistically sees an average of 12 tornadoes per year.

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