June 25, 2014 1:14 pm
Updated: June 25, 2014 1:32 pm

Tornado confirmed in New Tecumseth


WATCH: 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 – Environment Canada has confirmed that a tornado touched down in New Tecumseth, about an hour north of Toronto, Tuesday night.

Peter Kimbell, a warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada told Global News that they had initially received damage reports of “damage to hydro poles and roof damage.”

This makes it the fifth tornado of the Ontario storm season.

An Environment Canada survey team rated the tornado as an EF1 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, with winds between 135 and 175 km/h. Preliminary reports suggest that the tornado had a track of about 10 km.

The tornado damaged a home causing garage and roof damage. Several trees were damaged as well.

WATCH: Video taken by Jordan Brewer and Kelly Dove shows a tornado touching down in New Tecumseth Tuesday night.

The initial report was that it occurred in the area near 10th Sideroad and 4th Line near Laurel, just northwest of Orangeville.

Kimbell said that Environment Canada was still assessing whether or not to send out a damage team to the site.

Damage to a home in New Tecumseth after a tornado touched down Tuesday, June 24.

Cindy Pom, Global News

Earlier in the day Environment Canada issued several severe thunderstorm warnings Tuesday afternoon as storms crossed the region.

WATCH: Anthony Farnell breaks down how the latest tornado developed

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Last Tuesday, Angus was struck by an EF2 tornado that damaged several homes.

A thunderstorm watch was issued from southwestern Ontario as well early Tuesday. The watches continued into eastern Ontario, including Ottawa into the evening.

The main threat with the storm, Environment Canada said, was heavy rain. As with any storm, lightning and strong winds were also possible.

READ MORE: State of emergency lifted but tornado cleanup continues in Angus

A watch is issued when conditions are favourable for severe weather. A warning is when hazardous weather is imminent or occurring.

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