Aug 19 2015

Kapuskasing, ON

EF2 Tornado

Tornado decimates 7km swath of forest, dissipates just southwest of town

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Date
August 19
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Location
Kapuskasing, ON
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Rating
EF2
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Damage Estimate
Unavailable
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Injuries
0
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Deaths
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This tornado touched down at approximately 8:30pm and tore a path through the wilderness southwest of the town of Kapuskasing. Along the tornado’s track, a massive swath of mature forest was decimated, however so remote was the touchdown that the damage did not come to the attention of Environment Canada officials until the following year. It was not until July of 2016 that the tornado was officially confirmed and given its EF2 rating.

The tornado tracked for 7.5km to the northeast and, at its largest, was up to 300m wide. Thankfully it did not remain on the ground for longer, as it was on course that would have taken it directly through town.

Above: The path of the tornado was 7.5km long and 300m wide, along which complete destruction of forest occurred. It may have impacted the town directly had it remained on the ground longer

This was one of two damaging tornadoes that touched down in the forest of Northern Ontario in the Kapuskasing area on August 19. The other:

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