KAWARTHA LAKES-The Northern Tornado Project has confirmed an EF2 Tornado hit Kawartha Lakes on Thursday.
The twister blew through at approximately 3:20 pm. A house collapsed on Royal Oak Road near Manilla, due to severe weather in the area. A number of downed trees made the road unpassable to emergency vehicles. One person was treated by EMS and transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
At least two barns were also damaged and a number of trees knocked down. Heavy rains caused some flooding in Lindsay.
Investigator David Sills was in the area on Friday to assess the damage. The preliminary classification is an EF2 with maximum wind speeds of 195 km an hour, The preliminary track is approximately 30 km in length and 300 meters wide.
Sills says further investigation is pending including satellite imagery analysis which will likely affect the length and possibly the number of tracks.
In total the experts at the Northern Tornado Project say five tornadoes touched down in Ontario on July 15th. A tornado in Barrie caused extensive damage to a number of homes. It has also been classified as an EF2 with maximum wind speeds of 210 km/h. 11 people were injured and more than 100 people displaced.
Dwight, Lorneville and Lake Traverse also experienced EF2 tornadoes.
The Northern Tornadoes Project, founded in 2017 as a partnership between Western University and ImpactWX, aims to better detect tornado occurrence throughout Canada, improve severe and extreme weather understanding and prediction, mitigate against harm to people and property, and investigate future implications due to climate change.