EF2 tornado hits Angus, dozens of homes damaged & destroyed, $25M in damage
This high-end EF2 tornado tracked straight through a densely-populated Angus neighbourhood, damaging and destroying dozens of homes. It touched down at around 5:20pm in the Mapleview Drive area of town, and travelled all the way to Kempenfelt Bay in the south end of Barrie before dissipating. Several witnesses photographed and videotaped the tornado, which was a wide and churning stovepipe.
Roofs off in Angus, SW of Barrie ON due to tornado. MT @KevinYounge: “@rdelaney76: @680News this is in angus pic.twitter.com/Gs5H2r2v3Y”#onstorm
— Rob’s Obs (@robsobs) June 17, 2014
#tornado touched down in #Angus #Ontario too close to my parents & sister. No casualties reported yet. pic.twitter.com/g5M1feOP5K — Erin Di Loreto (@ErinDiLoreto) June 17, 2014
The tornado exhibited violent motion, was massive and bowl-shaped, more characteristic of a Midwest twister than a typical Ontario event. In addition it was extremely fast moving, racing through town at a fast and vicious and pace. It is nothing short of a miracle that there were no deaths and so few injuries, given the extreme nature of the event.
Extensive damage occurred in Angus, where over a hundred houses and townhouses were damaged, vehicles were overturned. Several homes had their roofs blown off, and one house had its roof and entire second storey torn away and scattered; here, damage was at the upper end of the EF2 threshold, approaching EF3. A few people suffered minor injuries in the subdivision.
Along the remainder of the path as the tornado tracked into the south end of Barrie, trees were uprooted, snapped and thrown.
Yeah! Not good! #angus #tornado pic.twitter.com/lM5zWEWcGv
— Michelle Courville (@CourvilleM) June 17, 2014
[VIDEO] State of emergency declared after #tornado touches down in #Angushttp://t.co/9Fk8c3wIei pic.twitter.com/hYVlftj46s — Jonathan Kingstone (@TorSunCity) June 18, 2014
Damage from the Angus tornado was placed at over $25 million, and the tornado was rated at the high-end of EF2, with estimated winds of between 200 and 220 kilometres per hour. It was one of two tornadoes to touch down on June 17, 2014. The other: