An Northern Tornado Project team investigated the damage at Uxbridge, ON after Saturday’s devastating derecho. The preliminary result is that a long, narrow path of enhanced damage, up to EF2 in intensity, was identified – length 4.26 km, max width 260 m, max speed 195 km/h, time near 1:15 ET.
There is additional damage roughly in line with this tornado farther to the east of Uxbridge, and the length of the tornado may be extended after further analysis. The worst damage was to the roofs of two apartment buildings
A derecho, which is a widespread long-lived windstorm associated with a line of thunderstorms, developed near Sarnia late Saturday morning and tracked northeastward over Southern Ontario, crossing Ottawa Saturday afternoon. Damaging wind gusts were reported over a large swath of Southern Ontario as the severe thunderstorms raced through.
There have been at least ten fatalities reported as a result of the strong winds with this line of thunderstorms. There was also extensive damage to trees, power lines and buildings. There were also overturned cars reported as well as widespread power outages.
More than 1,000,000 customers were without power from this storm Saturday. Power outages continue in many areas today.
The following is a summary of peak wind gusts observed with this line of thunderstorms in kilometres per hour:
Kitchener – Waterloo Airport 132
Ottawa International Airport 120
Toronto Pearson International Airport 120
Toronto Buttonville Airport 110
Brantford Airport 104
Ottawa Central Experimental Farm 93
Oshawa Airport 89
Toronto Island Airport 89
Drove to get coffee (we still have no power in #Uxbridge) and had to stop and marvel at how this tree came down in the #storm without hitting the car or the house. #TheSizeOfIt pic.twitter.com/JsF5Pqur6F
— Gerry Fostaty (@gfostaty) May 24, 2022
— Noah Cornish (@NoahCornish) May 24, 2022
Tornado strength winds ripped through Uxbridge today. Lots of roofs, trees and property damaged or destroyed. No one injured, thank God. Definitely would appreciate prayers. pic.twitter.com/UYN05ltVw6
— lil ang (@itslilang) May 21, 2022
Some of the most extensive damage was to the The Second Wedge Brewing Co, 72 King St Apartment Complex, Ash St, and Trinity United Church. pic.twitter.com/9qvI8HHSZP
— Tom Stef (@vaughanweather) May 24, 2022