New Tecumseth tornado damages several homes, barns
ABOVE: For the second time in two weeks, a small Ontario town was hit by a tornado. Cindy Pom has the latest information on what damage the twister caused.
TORONTO – The second tornado to strike Ontario in one week tore through a farm, damaging several homes and a barn in its path.
The EF-1 tornado touched down in New Tecumseth – about a 1.5 hour drive north of Toronto – on Tuesday afternoon.
Cheryl Schatz lives in the area and was sitting on her back deck when the storm rolled through the town. She said it started raining and the winds picked up.
“All of a sudden the trees went sideways,” she said.
“I didn’t clue in to a tornado until I saw debris, steel debris, flying by my door and I thought ‘ok, this is like the movie Twister. Something’s not right here’ and clearly it was a tornado.”
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There were severe thunderstorm warnings for much of southern Ontario throughout the day Tuesday.
Peter Kimbell, a meteorologist with Environment Canada told Global News Tuesday initial reports suggested damage to hydro poles and several roofs in the area.
GALLERY: The New Tecumseth tornado damaged several homes and barns Tuesday.
It appears the tornado touched down in the area near 10th sideroad and 4th line near Laurel, northwest of Orangeville.
The tornado’s winds were estimated to range between between 135 km/h and 175 km/h.
An EF-2 tornado touched down in Angus on June 17 damaging several homes.