Port Bolster, ON (DONE)

Witnesses observe tornado at Sunset Beach, leaves path of damage to Port Bolster

The EF1 tornado at Port Bolster, Ontario. This tornado occurred at around 12:50pm and tore a 5-6km path across the eastern shoreline of Lake Simcoe. Local residents witnessed the tornado at Sunset Beach shortly after its initial touchdown, and their reports prompted Environment Canada to issue a tornado warning. In addition, radar showed a supercell with a clear hook and a strong velocity couplet moving over the area. The warning was issued at 12:56pm, indicating a tornado on the ground at Sunset Beach, headed toward the town of Beaverton.

The tornado passed from Sunset Beach to Riverview Beach where it left a path of damaged trees and an expansive boat shed demolished at Flying Bridge Marina. From there the tornado moved on to the northeast, causing heavy tree damage in Corner Park and along Clovelly Cove on the west side of Port Bolster. It then moved across the north edge of the small town, twisting, snapping and uprooting trees, leaving roof damage to cottages and outbuildings, and destroying a large garage. The garage, located on lake Ridge Road, was blown apart with debris scattered for dozens of metres across neighbouring properties.

Sunset Beach to Riverview Beach to Port Bolster Ontario tornado, August 13 2016
Above: The EF1 tornado touched down near Sunset Beach, then travelled through Riverview Beach and Port Bolster, leaving a path of damage to trees, outbuildings and cottages that was between 5 and 6km in length