This year it seems that Canada endures a lot of the mother’s nature wrath. On 27th of April, 2017, it was confirmed that the first tornado of 2017 hit the London, Ontario area. Environment Canada already started investigating the storm in collaboration with The University of Western Ontario. After analyzing the phenomenon and the damage evaluations, it was found that the storm was actually the product of an Enhanced-Fujita-1 tornado with peak winds that reach 150 kilometers per hour. The tornado destroyed a barn roof and tore down the trees from the area and was also accompanied by strong winds, hail and frequent lightning.
Now, in August, a second tornado hit Huntsville, Ontario on Friday, 4th of August. Environment Canada is working again on determining whether the second phenomenon of this kind was indeed a tornado that reached Ontario’s Muskoka area. The agency managed to take prompt action and already send an expert to Huntsville the next day after the phenomenon happened in order to gather eyewitness reports of a tornado and also information about the damages. Moreover, the experts are also looking at the damaged trees and buildings in areas about 15 kilometers from Huntsville.
However, after the post-storm investigation was over, on Saturday, it was confirmed by the weather office that it was indeed a tornado that touched down near Huntsville. The twister’s speed is estimated to range from 130 kilometers per hour to 150 kilometers per hour. While the twister moved through the area, it managed to cause severe damage to homes, trees, and buildings from the vicinity.
Moreover, the thunderstorm accompanied by the tornado managed to down trees, which also caused damage to the electrical structures of the area. Many people from the area remained without energy.
The deputy mayor of the Huntsville city, Karin Terziano, stated that the tornado also tore off shingles off roofs and that the authorities issued the tornado warning Friday afternoon after the storms passed through.