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DarkSky
06-23-2010, 06:47 PM
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CTV News is reporting that numerous people have spotted a tornado in the Midland/Orillia area.

Hit "Smiths Camp" mobile home park. Gas leaking, tree damage. (ctv report)

- damage done to local Honda dealership, roof blown off.
(Midland is north of Barrie they say)

DarkSky
06-23-2010, 07:05 PM
From TheWeatherNetwork:

Possible tornado touches down in Midland, Ontario


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Tonight's severe storm risk across Ontario
Andrea Stockton, staff writer

June 23, 2010 — Our StormWatch continues for southern Ontario. We've received numerous calls about a possible tornado in Midland, Ontario.



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Watch for intense lightning and thunder
All the ingredients were there for this to be a night of active weather across southern Ontario. We've recently received numerous calls on our StormLine about a tornado touching down in Midland, Ontario. Some viewers say trees have been uprooted and damage is evident. There are unofficial reports of a state of emergency in place. Police and ambulance have been dispatched to Smith Camp Trailer Park. We'll have more details on this as the story unfolds.
A low pressure system in the United States continues to track towards the province.
“Scattered thunderstorms moved through areas like London, Stratford and Orangeville this afternoon,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. “This first wave was accompanied by the warm front sweeping through.”
The next round of active weather is now expected into the evening and overnight hours.
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Large hail is possible with these storms
“Winds will be picking up from the southwest ahead of the cold front,” explains Dillon. He says this second wave of storms will be much more intense.
“Gusts up to 100km/h or more, heavy downpours and small hail are all possible and of course when there's severe thunderstorms there's always a chance for tornadic activity as well,” notes Dillon.
The risk of severe weather extends from southwestern Ontario, north to the Bruce Peninsula and across the Greater Toronto Area.

DarkSky
06-23-2010, 07:18 PM
Tornado now reportedly moved into Fenlon Falls area. Associated warning:


077
WFCN11 CWTO 232317
TORNADO WARNING
UPDATED BY ENVIRONMENT CANADA
AT 7:17 PM EDT WEDNESDAY 23 JUNE 2010.
---------------------------------------------------------------------
TORNADO WARNING FOR:
=NEW= FENELON FALLS - BALSAM LAKE PARK - NORTHERN KAWARTHA LAKES
ORILLIA - LAGOON CITY - WASHAGO.

TORNADO WARNING ENDED FOR:
MIDLAND - COLDWATER - ORR LAKE.

---------------------------------------------------------------------
==DISCUSSION==
RADAR IS DETECTING A SEVERE ROTATING STORM LIKELY PRODUCING A TORNADO
NEAR WASHAGO NORTH OF ORILLIA. DAMAGE HAS BEEN REPORTED NEAR MIDLAND
AND THERE ARE REPORTS OF FUNNEL CLOUDS NEAR ORILLIA.

THIS IS A WARNING THAT SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH TORNADOES ARE
IMMINENT OR OCCURRING IN THESE REGIONS. MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS.
TAKE IMMEDIATE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS.

NOTE..A SUMMARY OF ALL WARNINGS AND WATCHES FOR SOUTHERN ONTARIO IS
AVAILABLE IN THE WWCN11 CWTO BULLETIN ISSUED IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING
THIS BULLETIN.

END

DarkSky
06-23-2010, 09:23 PM
Some shots viewers of The Weather Network sent in:

http://www.ontariostorms.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1618&d=1277351153

DarkSky
06-23-2010, 09:27 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifLD7HtE33U

DarkSky
06-23-2010, 09:39 PM
Thanks to Chris H. who posted this to the WX list :

This photo was taken on highway 11 north approx 3 km north of Ardtrea (webers).

http://www.ontariostorms.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1622&d=1277343550

DarkSky
06-23-2010, 10:01 PM
More screen captures from TWN @<hidden> 10pm :

DarkSky
06-23-2010, 10:11 PM
From theweathernetwork.com :

DarkSky
06-24-2010, 11:06 AM
Tornado confirmed.


092
AWCN11 CWTO 241319
WEATHER SUMMARY FOR ALL OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO AND THE NATIONAL CAPITAL
REGION ISSUED BY ENVIRONMENT CANADA TORONTO AT 9:16 AM EDT THURSDAY
24 JUNE 2010.

...TORNADO CONFIRMED IN MIDLAND AREA WEDNESDAY EVENING...
-------------------------------------------------------------
==WEATHER EVENT DISCUSSION==

ENVIRONMENT CANADA IS CONFIRMING THAT A TORNADO OCCURRED IN THE
MIDLAND AREA WEDNESDAY EVENING BASED ON EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS AND
DAMAGE PHOTOS. THIS IS THE THIRD TORNADO OF THE SEASON IN ONTARIO.
ONTARIO NORMALLY GETS 11 TORNADOES IN A SEASON THAT RUNS FROM LATE
APRIL UNTIL EARLY OCTOBER.

THE EXACT TIMING OF THIS TORNADO, ITS LENGTH, WIDTH AND FUJITA SCALE
DAMAGE RATING ARE NOT KNOWN AT THIS POINT. ENVIRONMENT CANADA IS
SENDING TWO DAMAGE SURVEY TEAMS TO THIS REGION THIS MORNING AND THIS
STATEMENT WILL BE UPDATED DURING THE COURSE OF THE DAY AS MORE
INFORMATION COMES TO LIGHT.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SUMMARY CONTAINS THE OBSERVATIONS AT THE TIME
OF BROADCAST AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFICIAL AND FINAL REPORT OF
THE WEATHER EVENTS OR THE HIGH IMPACT EVENTS ATTRIBUTED TO THE
WEATHER EVENTS.

END/OSPC

DarkSky
06-24-2010, 11:11 AM
From CTV.CA :

Ontario town cleaning up after tornado

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Workers clear away debris from the roof of a building in the town of Midland, Ont., Thursday, June 24, 2010, following a tornado which left a number of injuries and damage to property and businesses in its wake. (Graham Hughes / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

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In Pictures: Aftermath of storm in Midland, Ont. (http://www.ctv.ca/gallery/html/ontario-storm-tornado-midland-20100624/index_.html)

CTV.ca News Staff
Date: Thu. Jun. 24 2010 10:29 AM ET
As residents of a picturesque town in Ontario's cottage country begin clearing snapped trees, downed powerlines and destroyed homes, Environment Canada has confirmed a tornado caused the damage.
Midland, located on the southeast edge of Georgian Bay, was hit by a severe storm shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday evening. According to Environment Canada, details are still unknown, but eyewitness accounts and images of the damage confirm a tornado touched down in the area.
"The exact timing of this tornado, its length, width and fujita scale damage rating are not known at this point," Environment Canada said in a statement.

Although it was part of a severe weather system that put much of the province under a rare "red alert", local residents say it came "out of the blue."
"People here are saying they had no warning whatsoever," CTV's John Vennavally-Rao told CTV's Canada AM in an interview from Midland early Thursday.
"There was just a lot of heavy rain and then suddenly people say they saw a vortex of debris that just came through part of town and caused all this damage."
A trailer park in the town appears to have borne the brunt of the storm's damage.
Fresh from a tour of the ravaged mobile home park, Midland Mayor Jim Dower said damage to the approximately 360 units there is extensive.
"It looks like about 60 have been totally destroyed and another 60 per cent badly damaged," Downer told Canada AM Thursday morning.
In the aftermath of the storm, Downer declared a state of emergency for his town of approximately 16,300 residents. While search teams are still scouring the wreckage of the trailer park, hunting for any victims of the storm, the mayor remains optimistic everyone is accounted for.
"We just want to be absolutely sure," Downer said.
Environment Canada is also sending its own damage assessment teams to Midland and areas east of the town on Thursday.
Emergency Management Ontario had issued a red alert Wednesday evening for a large swath of central Ontario. From Penetanguishene to the north, Barrie to the south, Collingwood to the west, and Orillia to the east, residents were asked to seek shelter from the potentially severe weather.
Environment Canada also had issued a tornado warning for Barrie, Orillia and the Penetanguishene area, a warning that extended northwards to the Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes area later in the evening. All tornado warnings in Ontario were dropped overnight.
The threat of severe weather continued Thursday, however, as Emergency Management Ontario issued another "Red Alert" for the areas of Port Carlin, Port Severn, Rosseau and Killbear Park. Citing the threat of severe thunderstorms, residents in those areas were warned to seek shelter until the alerts were rescinded shortly before 10 a.m.
The storm struck just hours after the area was shaken by a magnitude 5.0 earthquake centred in rural Quebec.
Prepared with files from CTV's John Vennavally-Rao and The Canadian Press

DarkSky
06-24-2010, 11:24 AM
Damage photos (from CTV) :

DarkSky
06-24-2010, 11:54 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6h1ttM_wYg

DarkSky
06-24-2010, 08:34 PM
F2 + F1 confirmed :

482
AWCN11 CWTO 251107
WEATHER SUMMARY FOR ALL OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO AND
THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION
ISSUED BY ENVIRONMENT CANADA TORONTO
AT 7:07 AM EDT FRIDAY 25 JUNE 2010.

..TWO CONFIRMED TORNADOES AND A POSSIBLE TORNADO WEDNESDAY EVENING..
------------------------------------------------------------
==WEATHER EVENT DISCUSSION==

ENVIRONMENT CANADA IS CONFIRMING THAT A FUJITA SCALE 2 TORNADO (PEAK
WINDS BETWEEN 180 AND 240 KM/H) OCCURRED IN THE MIDLAND AREA AROUND
6:30 PM WEDNESDAY EVENING. THE TORNADO BEGAN IN THE ROWNTREE BEACH
AREA WEST OF MIDLAND AND ENDED JUST WEST OF WAUBAUSHENE FOR A TOTAL
LENGTH OF APPROXIMATELY 25 KM. THE MAXIMUM WIDTH OF DAMAGE WAS AROUND
300 METRES. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE NOTED WITH THIS TORNADO WAS
NUMEROUS MOBILE HOMES SEVERELY DAMAGED IN A TRAILER PARK AT THE SOUTH
END OF THE TOWN OF MIDLAND.

A SECOND TORNADO SPAWNED FROM THE SAME THUNDERSTORM THAT MOVED OVER
THE MIDLAND AREA OCCURRED AT APPROXIMATELY 7:00 PM. THIS TORNADO
BEGAN AROUND THE MAPLE VALLEY AREA APPROXIMATELY 10 KM WEST OF
WASHAGO AND ENDED JUST EAST OF WASHAGO. THIS TORNADO WAS RATED AS A
FUJITA SCALE ONE TORNADO (PEAK WINDS BETWEEN 120 AND 170 KM/H). THE
TOTAL LENGTH OF THE DAMAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 12 KM BUT WAS
INTERMITTENT IN NATURE. THE MAXIMUM WIDTH WAS APPROXIMATELY 60
METRES. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE FROM THIS TORNADO WAS TO FARM
BUILDINGS (I.E. A BARN AND SILO) AND A GARAGE.

A POSSIBLE TORNADO OCCURRED AROUND 10:50 PM WEDNESDAY EVENING IN A
CAMPGROUND TO THE EAST OF AMHERSTBURG IN ESSEX COUNTY. THE DAMAGE TO
THE CAMPSITE INCLUDED A CAMPER TRAILER FLIPPED OVER AND A LARGE TENT
AND SMALL SHEDS BEING SEVERELY DAMAGED. THE DAMAGE OCCURRED IN A
LOCALIZED AREA APPROXIMATELY 50 METRES WIDE BY 1 KM LONG. BASED ON
THIS DAMAGE THE WINDS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS EVENT WERE DEEMED TO BE IN
THE LOW END OF THE FUJITA SCALE ONE RANGE (PEAK WINDS 120 TO 140
KM/H). THE INVESTIGATION INTO THIS EVENT WILL CONTINUE FRIDAY TO
DETERMINE IF THE EVENT WAS CAUSED BY A TORNADO OR A BURST OF DAMAGING
WINDS.

WITH THE CONFIRMATION OF TWO TORNADOES FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING, THE
TOTAL COUNT OF TORNADOES FOR THIS YEAR SO FAR IN ONTARIO STANDS AT
FOUR. ONTARIO NORMALLY GETS AROUND 11 TORNADOES EACH SEASON WITH THE
SUMMER SEVERE WEATHER SEASON BEGINNING IN LATE APRIL AND ENDING IN
EARLY OCTOBER.

THIS STATEMENT WILL BE UPDATED AS NEW INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SUMMARY CONTAINS THE OBSERVATIONS AT THE TIME
OF BROADCAST AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFICIAL AND FINAL REPORT OF
THE WEATHER EVENTS OR THE HIGH IMPACT EVENTS ATTRIBUTED TO THE
WEATHER EVENTS.

END/OSPC

DarkSky
06-25-2010, 09:29 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3HMB8VNu8g