Weekend tornado in Ontario upgraded to EF-2, second confirmed from storms

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Weekend tornado in Ontario upgraded to EF-2, second confirmed from storms
Weekend tornado in Ontario upgraded to EF-2, second confirmed from storms

Severe storm potential in southwestern Ontario bubbled over into tornado-warned storm cells that toppled trees and damaged several structures late Saturday afternoon.

The tornado warnings were issued throughout the early evening hours as images of the storms' damage popped up on social media. After surveying the damage, Environment Canada confirmed that a tornado touched down in the Chatsworth and Walters Falls area.

Initially rated an EF-1 by Environment Canada, the Northern Tornadoes Project upgraded the twister to an EF-2 based on the destruction of a farm outbuilding and widespread tree damage.

June 26 2021 Ontario Tornado
June 26 2021 Ontario Tornado

"A confirmed tornado touched down near Chatsworth beginning near 4:45 p.m. EDT and then tracked near the towns of Massie, Strathavon, and Walters Falls," said EC in the statement.

Extensive damage to several buildings was reported, including a barn and a new house under construction.

"Damage to another property included a vehicle moved and crushed under a tree and damage to a roof," EC said, adding that several downed trees were also reported.

An additional tornado touched down north of Goderich on Saturday evening, according to the Northern Tornadoes Project. The tornado received an EF-0 rating as it produced no reports of damage.

Elsewhere, storms produced torrential downpours, with some localized flooding reported in Gravenhurst, and some shoreline flooding on part of Lake Erie.

Below is a selection of shots showing how Saturday's storms played out in southern Ontario.

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