Remembering the 1985 Barrie tornado outbreak
On May 31, 1985, a series of tornadoes occurred in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario. It is referred to as the 1985 United States–Canada tornado outbreak.
In Canada, it is known as the Barrie tornado outbreak. There were 44 tornadoes that day, of those 14 were in Ontario.
Over the three states and Ontario, there were 90 fatalities and at least 875 injuries.
An F4 tornado hit Barrie killing eight people and causing 155 injuries. Damage was estimated to be $337 million (2023 CAD).
To date, it remains the largest and most intense tornado outbreak ever to hit this region.