EC Confirms Two Tornadoes in Eastern Ontario on Friday

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Sunday, September 23, 2018

There were two tornadoes in Eastern Ontario on Friday Environment and Climate Change Canada has confirmed.

On Friday a cold front tracked over Southern Ontario resulting in severe thunderstorms which produced two tornadoes.
 
One severe thunderstorm produced a tornado that tracked over Kinburn, Dunrobin and Gatineau between approximately 4:40 pm and 5:20 pm. This tornado damaged or destroyed numerous buildings, overturned vehicles and snapped many trees and hydro poles. There were also reports of multiple injuries including several people that were critically injured. Preliminary assessment of the damage indicates that this was a high end EF-3 tornado with wind speeds up to 265 km/h.

A second severe thunderstorm produced a tornado in the neighbourhood of Arlington Woods in Ottawa near 6:00 pm. This tornado significantly damaged buildings and snapped many trees and hydro poles. Preliminary assessment of the damage indicates that this was a high end EF-2 tornado with wind speeds up to 220 km/h. 

The Mont-Bleu area was the hardest hit with many buildings damaged, a high school fire, cars flipped, numerous trees uprooted or snapped, as well as downed hydro network or communication towers. Around 50000 hydro customers were without power. Six people experienced injuries.

The tornado's path stretched from near Kinburn, Ontario, toward Gatineau, Quebec. It also caused damage on its track in the Luskville and Pontiac areas, where fifteen homes were significantly damaged. 

In addition, another tornado that occurred simultaneously in Val-des-Bois is currently under investigation. Roofs of houses were torn off, trees were uprooted and several camping trailers were damaged.

Another line of thunderstorms moved through Abitibi Friday afternoon. In the Amos area, trees were broken and uprooted, roofs were damaged and several power outages occurred. Shortly after 4:00 pm, the Rouyn station reported gusts of 81 kilometres per hour. 

When these storms moved into the Montreal area at about 9 pm, they had already weakened, but still managed to cause a few instances of water damage and to break some trees.
 
Based on ECCC Data



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