September 4, 2014 11:21 am

16th tornado of Ontario storm season confirmed

Ontario's 16th tornado of the season was confirmed to have struck in Erin.

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TORONTO – Environment Canada has confirmed Ontario’s 16th tornado of the season.

Using video evidence submitted by resident storm-watchers, the weather agency confirmed a weak tornado touched down in the Erin area of Wellington County around 6:20 p.m. on Aug. 20.

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The tornado was short-lived and no damage was reported in the area. Based on that evidence, Environment Canada has rated the twister as an EF0 on the Enhanced Fujita scale used to measure the strength of tornadoes.

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Typically, about 12 tornadoes are confirmed each season, which runs from late April to early October. But Environment Canada has noted the rise may be due to more people watching than more tornadoes occurring.

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