Saturday, September 22, 2018

Yes, a Tornado Struck Ottawa, Ontario

Here is video from yesterday's tornado in Ottawa, Canada.
I was surprised this morning to read the local news media in Ottawa and find that some were calling yesterday's tornado a downburst. It was a tornado. The map below, from U.S. weather radar, shows the path of the rotation.
Two were critically injured in the tornado and power was out to more than 200,000 (assuming they define a "customer" = electric meter) people.

Based on the damage photos I have seen, I'm sure it was at least an EF-2 intensity tornado and, perhaps, and EF-3. There is more here.

ADDITION:
The debris cloud can be seen which makes it a tornado. The fact the cloud does not extend to the ground doesn't matter. It is a tornado if the rotating winds make it to the ground.

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