Jul 12 2017

Lucan, ON

EF0 Tornado

Cone tornado touches down north of town, causes minor damage to rural properties

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Date
July 12
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Location
Lucan, ON
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Rating
EF0
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Damage Estimate
Unavailable
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Injuries
0
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Deaths
0

This tornado touched down at the north end of Lucan, spawned by a small but impressive low-topped supercell that formed in the wake of a cluster of storms that swept across Southern Ontario. Its parent storm developed explosively and almost immediately showed signs of rotation; indeed, the tornado formed very quickly, within an hour of the storm’s development. Its initial touchdown was at around 7:00pm. The tornado was classic in appearance, a tapered white cone that darted to the ground as a misty ring of condensation rose from the surface. Area residents captured photos and videos of the funnel as it passed.

The tornado tracked for 5km with a path that was up to 150m in width as it moved across the north side of town. It caused the most notable damage on Saintsbury Line north of Fallon Drive; there, trees were snapped and uprooted, an antennae was toppled and light debris was left littered about the yard of the township’s municipal building. At a neighbouring storage facility, Big Al’s, trailers were flipped over and one of them was tossed onto the adjacent property. In addition, a large sign was blown down and buildings were left with light impact damage from flying debris. About a kilometre to the east the tornado struck an area farm, snapping trees, tearing roofing and siding off of a barn and scattering objects and debris across the yard. From there it continued east through the fields and dissipated, though the parent supercell continued onward with a rapidly-rotating wall cloud. It producing additional funnel clouds near Grafton and Embro, and then dropped a second tornado, another photogenic cone, near the town of Drumbo.

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