Tornado hits National Capital Region


A tornado developed about 10 kilometres southeast of Gatineau Airport, Quebec early Sunday evening.

The tornado moved east along the Ottawa River before coming ashore on the Ontario side.

In the suburban Ottawa neighbourhood of Orléans, strong winds brought down trees and removed shingles on many homes with one person reportedly injured.

A thunderstorm also produced 2 centimetre hail in the area.

Environment Canada says the tornado was a low end EF-1 suggesting peak winds of 135 km/h and had a path length of at least 25 kilometres.

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)