Weak tornado confirmed in southern Ottawa

A weak tornado formed around the southwest end of Ottawa on Wednesday, accompanied by “multiple funnel clouds” and hail, as a series of violent thunderstorm cells rolled through the area, confirmed reports. researchers and Environment Canada.

Investigators from Western University’s Northern Tornadoes Project were dispatched to the Franktown area of ​​Beckwith Township, Ont., near Ottawa, to examine the damage after Wednesday afternoon’s storms.

They found damage starting around the Lanark County-Ottawa border, moving east around Franktown Road in Richmond.

It is classified as an EF0 tornado (on a wind intensity scale of zero to five) with maximum wind speeds of approximately 125 km/h.

The area is approximately 50 kilometers southwest of downtown Ottawa. No injuries were reported.

Western University researchers examine storm damage in rural south Ottawa on Thursday. (Alexander Behne/CBC)

In a weather summary posted to its website late Thursday, Environment Canada said multiple storms brought hail the size of peas to a ping-pong ball to parts of central and southeastern New York on Wednesday. Ontario.

Tree damage was reported in Prince Edward County, Kingston and Kemptville, and there was tree damage and property damage in the southern Ottawa suburb of Richmond, Environment Canada said.

“Multiple funnel clouds were also reported with the thunderstorms that passed south of Ottawa in the Richmond and Kemptville areas,” the weather summary reads.

4 local tornadoes in 2022

Wednesday’s weak tornado is the team confirmed fourth tornado in eastern Ontario since mid-June. That doesn’t count May’s fatal derecho.

Environment Canada issued severe thunderstorm warnings for eastern Ontario and a tornado warning for Cornwall and Morrisburg on Wednesday as severe weather blew in.

Elsewhere in Ontario, northwest of Toronto, a waterspout was spotted near Sauble Beach off Lake Huron.

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