Elie Manitoba - 11 Years Later

Posted by Christopher Poitras on Thursday, June 21, 2018
White and Yellow Cloudy Sky over Farm Lands

Elie Manitoba, an unincorporated community in Manitoba, approximately 30km (19mi) west from the City of Winnipeg, right on the Trans Canada Highway, will be forever written in Canadian History books.  

For it was June 22nd 2007, that is a date that will be forever engraved in the memories of the 550 residents of this small town.  At 6:25 p.m. local time (CDT), a what was originally thought EF-4 Tornado ripped through main street, and right across the Trans Canada Highway.  Thankfully, there were no fatalities or injuries despite the 420Km/h - 510 km/h winds, and 39 million dollars in damage.  Environment Canada originally had thought that the storm was in the EF-4 category, however this was not the case at all.  Thanks to video proof sent in after the storm, it showed that some homes were completely leveled indicating a EF-5 rating.  Upon further research from Environment Canada, and it indeed was categorized as a EF-5 with winds ranging up to 510 km/h.  They did not have complete proof for an exact wind speed, but it indeed was in the highest category, when it comes to the Fujita scale. 

This makes the small community of Elie Manitoba, the first and only (as of June 22nd 2018), the one and only place in Canada, to have every recorded an EF-5 Tornado. 






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