A total of five tornadoes landed in southern Ontario Thursday afternoon, including the one that devastated communities in Barrie.

According to inspection teams from Western University’s Northern Tornadoes Project, all five tornadoes had a preliminary EF-2 rating with sustained wind speeds between 180 and 210 km / h.

The most devastating of the storms hit Barrie, as wind speeds of 210 km / h hit the southern part of the city causing structural damage, trees and vehicles. A total of 11 people were injured, but none were considered life threatening. Authorities say more than 71 houses have been deemed uninhabitable.

Prime Minister Doug Ford has promised residents that the government will cover all costs that insurance companies fail to cover when they begin to rebuild. “We are going to be here to take a step forward. We are going to be here for them, ”he said on Friday as he toured the devastated neighborhoods.


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NTP investigators say an EF-2 tornado with maximum wind speeds of 195 km / h injured one person, uprooted trees and broke the roof of a house in an area north of Zephyr.

Tornadoes that reached speeds of 190 km / h also caused damage to trees near Dwight, Ontario, and the Lake Traverse area, while a tornado west of Lorneville reported damage to a barn and a tree.

While not the most tornadoes in a single day, the July 15 tornadoes are believed to be the strongest to cut a swath of destruction across the province since 1985.

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Reference-toronto.citynews.ca

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