Tornado touches down in Barrie, Ont.

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Five tornadoes counted in Ontario last Thursday: Northern Tornadoes Project
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Publishing date:Jul 18, 2021 • 3 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
A tornado tore through south Barrie on Thursday afternoon, leaving a swath of destruction to homes and vehicles seen on Friday, July 16, 2021.
A tornado tore through south Barrie on Thursday afternoon, leaving a swath of destruction to homes and vehicles seen on Friday, July 16, 2021. PHOTO BY JACK BOLAND /Toronto Sun / Postmedia Network
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TORONTO — The Northern Tornadoes Project says five different tornadoes hit southern Ontario on Thursday afternoon.

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The organization run by Western University and social impact fund ImpactWX says in a series of tweets that the tornadoes all had maximum wind speeds in the EF2 range, which Environment Canada says is between 180 and 220 km/h.



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The project says the tornadoes touched down in Barrie, Zephyr-Little Britain, Lorneville, Dwight and Lake Traverse between 2:30 and 5:10 p.m. local time.

The Barrie tornado at 2:30 p.m. was the most devastating with a wind speed of around 210 km/h and a track that was 12 kilometres long and 600 metres wide.

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General view of the debris in the aftermath of a possible tornado in Barrie on July 15, 2021.
General view of the debris in the aftermath of a possible tornado in Barrie on July 15, 2021. Photo by BRANDON VIEIRA /REUTERS
An aerial view shows damage to buildings in a suburb in the aftermath of a tornado in Barrie on Thursday, July 15, 2021. EDWARD LOVELESS VIA REUTERS
An aerial view shows damage to buildings in a suburb in the aftermath of a tornado in Barrie on Thursday, July 15, 2021. EDWARD LOVELESS VIA REUTERS
An aerial view shows damage to buildings in a suburb in the aftermath of a tornado in Barrie on Thursday, July 15, 2021.
An aerial view shows damage to buildings in a suburb in the aftermath of a tornado in Barrie on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Photo by EDWARD LOVELESS VIA REUTERS /TORONTO SUN
People survey damaged houses in the aftermath of a possible tornado in Barrie on July 15, 2021. BRANDON VIEIRA/REUTERS
People survey damaged houses in the aftermath of a possible tornado in Barrie on July 15, 2021. BRANDON VIEIRA/REUTERS
General view of damaged houses in the aftermath of a possible tornado in Barrie on July 15, 2021. BRANDON VIEIRA/REUTERS
General view of damaged houses in the aftermath of a possible tornado in Barrie on July 15, 2021. BRANDON VIEIRA/REUTERS
A resident surveys the damage left after a tornado touched down in his neighbourhood, in Barrie, Ont., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
A resident surveys the damage left after a tornado touched down in his neighbourhood, in Barrie, Ont., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
Emergency services examine a home that has had its second floor blown off by a tornado, in Barrie, Ont., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
Emergency services examine a home that has had its second floor blown off by a tornado, in Barrie, Ont., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
Damage left after a tornado touched down in a neighbourhood in Barrie, Ont., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
Damage left after a tornado touched down in a neighbourhood in Barrie, Ont., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
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Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman said Friday that more than 100 people had been displaced, at least 20 homes are uninhabitable and 10 people were taken to hospital because of the tornado.

The project says it tracks tornadic storms by using radar and when damage has been identified, scours satellite imagery to map out the tornado’s damage and deploys survey teams to collect drone and aircraft-based aerial imagery.
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