A rare late-season EF-1 tornado with maximum winds of 135 km/h (84 mph) hit Ontario, Canada, on November 15, 2020– the province's 41st tornado of the year. Twisters commonly occur in the region from May to September, so having one touched down recently is considered rare for this time of the year.
After a damage survey, the Northern Tornadoes Project confirmed on November 21 that a tornado cut a path through the community of Georgetown at 19:45 UTC (14:45 LT) on November 15, mainly causing damage to trees and roofs. No injuries were reported.
It had maximum winds of 135 km/h (84 mph), a length of 3.7 km (2.3 miles), and a maximum width of 360 m (1 181 feet).
Photos of the aftermath showed many torn trees and branches scattered on the ground.
The tornado has been classified as an EF-1 and is confirmed to be Ontario's 41st this year.
Ontario usually sees an average of 12 tornadoes per year. Tornadoes in Ontario usually forme between May and September, making the recent tornado a rare one.
A damage survey in Georgetown by @westernuNTP, based on initial info from @StormhunterTWN, has turned up Ontario's 41st tornado of 2020. Occurred 1445 EST on 15 Nov, max winds 135 km/h (EF1), length 3.7 km, max width 360 m, mainly tree damage but some light roof damage #onstorm pic.twitter.com/a5AFNl8nQv
— Northern Tornadoes Project (@westernuNTP) November 20, 2020
I live in Glen Williams, where it occurred. Here are some photos from across the street right after it went through. pic.twitter.com/07nOTQWIRx
— Pollenatrix (@pollenatrix) November 20, 2020
Not surprised. It’s ripped out three of our trees. One was twisted and tossed almost 15 feet into the road and we saw everything swirling. We ran downstairs after seeing the chaos pic.twitter.com/teT0mlG4wR
— SirLuckHomes.com (@SirLuckHomes) November 20, 2020
All kinds of damage around Port Stanley. Healthy trees snapped halfway up. Wires down. Traffic lights broken. Probable embedded tornadoes given radar and visuals. Tornado warnings stateside. #ONStorm #onwx @ECCCWeatherON @StormhunterTWN pic.twitter.com/6QvnIu6mUd
— David Piano (@ONwxchaser) November 15, 2020
#ONStorm @CBCToronto @CityNews @CTVToronto This is seriously dangerous!! Boards flying everywhere, landing on the street and crashing into houses. Be careful near Yonge and Wellesley! pic.twitter.com/5z2wjYoUA7
— Zoe (@FlozoBozo) November 15, 2020
Featured image credit: @pollenatrix/Twitter
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