Environment Canada: Tornado touched down in southwestern Ontario Wednesday
Several homes that were damaged by high winds in Brampton on Thursday are shown in this photo posted to Twitter by Peel Regional Police.
Paul Johnston , CTV News
Published Thursday, March 17, 2016 8:10PM EDT
The first tornado of 2016 touched down in southwestern Ontario Wednesday afternoon, Environment Canada has confirmed.
It occurred seven kilometres northeast of Clifford, Ont. at around 3:30 p.m.
The EF1 tornado measured three-and-a-half kilometres long and 200 metres wide, the weather agency said in a release Thursday evening.
“Three bolted-down grain bins were ripped off of their cement bases and blown up to 200 metres away,” Environment Canada said.
“The corner of a barn was also severely damaged. A number of mature trees were snapped off or blown over.”
Closer to Toronto, winds of up to 90 kilometres per hour brought by the same weather system toppled trees and damaged two homes under construction in Brampton.
The extent of the damage to the homes was not immediately clear however on Wednesday night Peel police reported that the homes “blew over.”
No injuries were reported.