NB tornado had winds from 135-175 km/h

Damage from the Grand Lake area tornado, 21 July 2013 (Courtesy CTV)

Damage from the Grand Lake area tornado, 21 July 2013 (Courtesy CTV)

Environment Canada says winds in a tornado that touched down in the Grand Lake area on Saturday moved at speeds of between 135 to 175 kilometres per hour.

The wind speed calculated by meteorologists means the storm is officially designated as an Enhanced Fujita 1 (EF-1) – the scale runs from zero to five.

Two meteorologists examined the tornado’s destruction over a pathway of about 15 kilometres and found the storm touched down near Jemseg and started ripping up trees.

As it moved east, three barns were destroyed and three more structures were damaged or destroyed including another barn in the Cambridge-Narrows area.

The researchers found the debris from the barn in Cambridge-Narrows was picked up and carried more 300 metres.

The last EF-1 tornado hit the province on Aug. 3, 2007, in the Mount Carleton area.

(With files from Canadian Press)

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