Reports confirm damage from Ontario's 9th tornado of the year, Canada

Environment Canada has confirmed the damages from a tornado and storm combo that hit Ontario on September 11, 2019. The twister was the 9th to hit the province this year.

The strong whirlwind was given an initial rating of EF-1 and had maximum winds of 140 km/h (87 mph), with a path length of 5 km (3 miles), and a path width of 200 m (656 ft).

Sheds and trees were destroyed, including at least one barn on Rokeby Line in the Enniskillen township, reports showed.

After a sudden wave of hot and humid weather in the southern area of Ontario on September 11, several thunderstorms occurred in the late afternoon and night time. The Nothern Tornadoes Project then conducted a damage assessment the following day, September 12, also confirming downburst-related damages near Petrolia town.

The downburst near Petrolia had an equivalent of an EF-0 tornado rating and had a maximum wind speed of up to 130 km/h (80.7 mph), a path length of 20 km (12 miles), and a path width of 5 km (3 miles). The powerful blows wrecked power poles and trailers. 

Windsor city was also hit by a wind gust of 120 km/h (74.5 mph), with rainfall totals upwards of 40 mm (1.5 inches), a new daily record for the area.

The storms reportedly emerged over Michigan then headed towards Sarnia and Windsor later in the afternoon.

Kelly Sonnenburg, Weather Network meteorologist, said "Wind profiles for the afternoon did suggest marginally favorable conditions for some rotation in the atmosphere if stronger storms did develop,"

Meanwhile, storm hunter Mark Robinson captured the heavy rains and winds with lightning strikes. "There's multiple lightning hits all around me. That was a scary drive," he said in a tweet.

Residents may expect late summer weather in the coming days, according to the Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham. "Next week will feature abundant sunshine with temperatures near to above seasonal through the week," he said. Furthermore, he added that warmer weather is forecasted to spread into Ontario, but will be rather slow due to an east wind off of Lake Ontario.

Featured image credit: The Independent of Petrolia & Central Lambton

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