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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Poitras

Canada's Largest Tornado - 12 Years Later

On June 22, 2007, an F-5 tornado packing winds of 420 to 510 km/h (260 to 320 mph), ripped through the small community of Elie, Manitoba.

This tornado caused 39 million dollars in damage. Fortunately, there were no casualties or injuries, as the people of Elie took the necessary precautions, which ultimately saved their lives.

This tornado did however, destroyed at least three houses, and many more were damaged. Vehicles, and a mill also had moderate damage.

This was the first, and last, F-5 rated tornado in Canadian history, as the year 2013 brought with it Environment Canada's newly adopted Enhanced Fujita (EF) scale.

This storm may not be remembered for the lives it took, or the massive amounts of damage it caused, rather it is a storm that holds a place in Canadian weather history books for being the one and only F-5 rated tornado recorded in Canadian history.

Operational Forecaster - Christopher Poitras


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