Environment Canada has confirmed a tornado touched down in Stayner on Monday afternoon.
“A tornado touched down near Stayner, Ontario on Monday afternoon at around 4 p.m., resulting in damage that included uprooted trees and an overturned trailer,” the weather agency said in a statement.
Investigators with the national weather service say a tornado ranging in strength between EF-0 and EF-1 touched down. A number of trees were uprooted and a trailer was flipped over due to strong winds. Investigators are still tallying the data and are still trying to narrow down on the exact strength of the tornado.
A downburst is believed to be the cause of storm damage in the Collingwood area. The roof of Mr. Transmission was torn off. The roof landed on several parked vehicles, but no injuries are reported. A number of other buildings, trees and power lines were also damaged.
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In addition to the powerful winds, which gusted over 100 km/h in some places, large hail and heavy rain accompanied the storms. Flash flooding hit the Barrie area forced some drivers to abandon their cars and head for higher ground as water levels rose and windshield wipers struggled to keep up.