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Ontario, Quebec to see more tornado ‘fuel,’ but more data needed

July 19, 2023 Thomas MacDonald - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Climate change will likely bring more weather conditions to Ontario and Quebec that are favourable to the development of tornadoes, but it’s still unclear whether Central Canada will actually be hit by more of them, experts say. Severe

Tornado warning issued for Montreal
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Montreal-Barrhaven storm declared a Cat

July 18, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

The storm that hit Montreal on Thursday, downing trees and power lines and causing localized flooding, has been declared a catastrophe, Laura Twidle, president and CEO of Catastrophe Indices & Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) told Canadian Underwriter.  A ‘catastrophe’ is an

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Tornado hits suburban Ottawa neighbourhood, damaging 125 homes and scattering debris

July 14, 2023 Mia Rabson and Liam Fox - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The remains of totalled fences, blown-out windows and ripped-off roofs were scattered across a south-end neighbourhood in Ottawa on Thursday after a tornado hit with little warning. After the skies had cleared, families sat out on their porches

Tornado-damaged home near Carstairs, Alta.
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Will powerful Alberta tornado be declared a Cat? 

July 7, 2023 by Jason Contant

A powerful Canada Day tornado that swept through a section of rural Alberta likely won’t result in much insured damage despite strong winds that reached an estimated 275 km/h.  The EF4 tornado tore through an area south of Didsbury, Alta.

A crushed vehicle from a fallen tree following a tornado in Tweed, Ont. on July 25, 2022.
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Is Canada seeing more tornadoes every year?

February 14, 2023 by Jason Contant

Canada saw 117 recorded tornadoes across the country during the 2022 season, tying 2021 for the highest-ever single season on record, according to the Northern Tornadoes Project (NTP). As with 2021, 29 of the tornadoes reached up to EF2 on

A damaged house in Uxbridge, Ont. following May 21 derecho
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Uxbridge renters priced out of town after May 21 derecho still displaced

September 1, 2022 Holly McKenzie-Sutter - THE CANADIAN PRESS

UXBRIDGE, Ont. – Blue tarps colour the rooftops and wooden boards cover up shattered windows in Uxbridge, Ont., three months after a devastating tornado ripped through town northeast of Toronto. Mangled trees and torn-up houses surround one of the town’s

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Recent Alberta storms: Two Cat tornadoes and record-breaking hail

August 8, 2022 by Jason Contant

Two tornadoes in southern Alberta that damaged homes and vehicles in July have been declared catastrophes by Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ), Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) confirmed to Canadian Underwriter Monday. The July 7 tornado near Bergen and

The aftermath of a tornado in Tweed, Ont. on July 25
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Environment Canada confirms tornado touched down north of Belleville, Ont.

July 26, 2022 The Canadian Press

Environment Canada has confirmed at least one tornado touched down in an area north of Belleville, Ont., as severe thunderstorms swept through parts of southern and eastern Ontario on Sunday night. In a preliminary report, the weather agency says staff

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Will this week’s weather events result in Cat damages?

July 25, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

While Europe is experiencing record-breaking heat waves, western Canada had some severe heat and storms of its own between July 16-20. And although they were expected to have caused millions in damage, it won’t breach catastrophe territory, according to Aon’s

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Storm that lashed Laurentians likely a tornado, Environment Canada says

July 25, 2022 Adina Bresge and Virginie Ann - THE CANADIAN PRESS

The churning storm that toppled trees and battered homes in the Laurentians was likely a tornado, a meteorologist with Environment Canada said Sunday. The national weather agency said forceful winds lashed the area around Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, Que., about 100 kilometres northwest

A tornado twists across a darkened sky, in a rural field of wheat.
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Is wind the new water?

June 8, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

When a storm hits, it’s no surprise that extreme wind can be a significant driver of insured losses — but wind may actually edge out water as the industry’s costliest weather event, said one industry expert.   “From 2008 to

Damage after a tornado in Barrie, Ont. in July 2021
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Why Barrie’s 2021 tornado damage was “largely preventable”

May 4, 2022 by Jason Contant

More than 35 years after a deadly tornado in Barrie, Ont. – the site of another strong tornado last year – the industry is still looking for modernizations to the Ontario Building Code and tornado protection construction practices. “Since before