Deadly Tornado Strikes Canadian Town

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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Canadian officials say a tornado struck the southwestern Ontario town of Goderich Sunday, killing one person and causing multiple injuries.

An Environment Canada damage survey team determined the town was indeed struck by a tornado. Storm investigator Randy Mawson said the storm had winds gusting over 300 kilometers per hour, making it an F-2 or F-3 grade tornado.

Goderich has been placed under a state of emergency due to damaged water and natural gas lines. Severe damage was reported to downtown businesses. Witnesses report several churches lost their roofs. Overturned cars, downed trees and powerlines litter the streets.

Goderich is a port town located on the shores of Lake Huron.

Officials say this is the most powerful tornado to touch down in Ontario in years.