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Tornado - Vaughan, Ontario

Aug. 20 2009

  • On August 20th, 2009 Southern Ontario experienced a large tornado outbreak. About a dozen or so tornadoes were spotted and several of them did considerable damage, especially to the towns of Durhan and Vaughan. I was chasing the storm that produced the tornado in Vaughan, but it is very difficult to chase in an urban area like the Toronto suburbs during rush hour. The storm got away from me and by the time I caught up with it again, it had already damaged hundreds of homes in Vaughan. The tornado was later ranked as an F-2.
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  • There were no serious injuries in Vaughan, but there was one fatality reported in Durham. On this day, Ontario recorded the same number of tornadoes that touch down on average each year!
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    The wall cloud from the storm that went on to produce the Vaughan tornado.

    The garage door was blown in past the parked car.

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    One of many roofs lifted off.

    A destroyed car under fallen trees.

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    This tree was ripped out of the ground and tossed into the street.

    Another roof lifted.

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    A brick chimney in a back yard.

    One of the residents showing me a flattened garden.

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    A mangled BB-Q.

    Fiberglass insulation stuck in a chain link fence.