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Weak tornadoes confirmed in Bayfield and Thornbury

The Northern Tornadoes Project at Western University has confirmed weak tornadoes touched down and caused some damage in both Bayfield and Thornbury.

The team received a witness report of a tornado east of Bayfield, and video and photographs show a twister.  The report says a shallow tornado debris signature was picked up on radar. The NTP survey team found weak tree damage caused by an EF-0 tornado, which had wind speeds of up to 90 km/hr.

A team also completed drone and grounds surveys of the Clarksburg and Thornbury areas on Sunday, It concluded that structural and tree damage in Thornbury was caused by a tornado that measured a zero on the Enhanced Fujita (EF) scale. The twister travelled just 1.07 kilometres with wind speeds of about 115 km per hour, with a width of about 90 metres.

The same storm spawned a EF-0 downburst in Clarksburg. The team still has more satellite and drone images to review from both storms. The downburst had a top wind speed of 100 km/hr and impacted an area about 2.3 km by 1.6 km.

Environment and Climate Change Canada issued two tornado warnings Saturday night. The first was just after 5 p.m. for northern Huron and southern Bruce County, including from Kincardine to Saugeen Shores. It warned damaging winds, large hail and intense rainfall were possible.

About 8:30 p.m. a second tornado warning was issued for southern Huron County, which was followed by Twitter reports of a potential tornado sighting close to Bayfield.

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued Saturday night for the Thornbury area.
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