Strong F2 tornado passes just north of Stratford, devastates farm at Gads Hill
Striking and devastating just one farm at Gads Hill, this short-lived but intense tornado was the strongest in the province since April 20th, 1996. A large old Victorian home had its roof and a second storey wall torn off, as well as its back rooms on the first storey levelled. Windows were shattered and debris pierced the house throughout. A well-build barn was swept from its foundation and destroyed, as was the neighbouring drive shed. Almost every tree on the property was uprooted or snapped, a number of which were also debarked.
Environment Canada determined that the tornado left a path 2.2 kilometres long and 30 metres wide. Several lists and media accounts that reflect on the May 22nd tornadoes incorrectly refer to this twister as having been rated F3; this was due to a preliminary comment to the media by an Environment Canada official at the time, stating that the tornado may have been F2 or even F3. Ultimately it was rated a high-end F2 and not an F3. Regardless, this was a very close call for the town of Stratford which, had the tornado struck just a few kilometres south, would have surely been devastated by this powerful tornado.