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Survivor recalls deadly Manitoba tornado hitting Jeep

August 24, 2020 The Canadian Press

VIRDEN, Man. – James Blacksmith closes his eyes and goes back to the moment he saw a pine tree viciously uprooted from the earth and topple onto his Jeep’s roof. Within seconds, the windows burst from the force of a

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Community mourns Manitoba teens killed by tornado

August 10, 2020 The Canadian Press

MELITA, Man. – The mayor of a small southwestern Manitoba town says everyone in the community is devastated after a tornado killed two well-liked teens. Bill Holden says residents in Melita are feeling profound grief since Shayna Barnesky and Carter

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Environment Canada says tornadoes destroy barns, down trees in southern Ontario

June 11, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

GLENCOE, Ont. – Environment Canada says it’s investigating after two tornadoes were reported near London, Ont., Wednesday night. The weather agency says the first happened at 7:50 p.m. in Glencoe, Ont., while the second happened 40 minutes later in Belmont,

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Tornado overturns camper vans in Quebec

August 1, 2019 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – Environment Canada has confirmed it was indeed a tornado that roared through the Lac-aux-Sables area west of Quebec City on Tuesday, sending camper vans flying, uprooting trees and sending three people to hospital. Meteorologist Andre Cantin said the

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How Alberta’s current tornado season compares to past years

July 23, 2019 Daniela Germano - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – Alberta storm chaser Chris Kiernan has hardly had a moment’s rest since the start of the tornado season last month. “This season has been quite more active,” said Kiernan, who is based out of Beaumont, Alta., about 30

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Severe weather lashes Saskatchewan town, spawns tornado in Alberta

July 15, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

Roofs were ripped off buildings and power lines were toppled when wind gusting at well over 100 kilometres an hour and packing toonie-size hail lashed the west-central Saskatchewan town of Eston. There are no immediate reports of injuries following the

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Residents clean up after tornado near Montreal

July 12, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

ST-ROCH-DE-L’ACHIGAN, Que. – A tornado tore through a campground north of Montreal Thursday evening, snapping trees, toppling trailers and sending at least one injured man to hospital. “When I drove through, I saw a trailer that was all twisted, up

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The extent of June 29 Saskatchewan tornado damage

July 3, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

GOODSOIL, Sask. – Cleanup continues at a Saskatchewan campground following two tornadoes that snapped trees and caused severe damage on the Canada Day long weekend. Trevor Finlay, manager of Meadow Lake Provincial Park, says about 90 per cent of boats,

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Tornadoes strike Saskatchewan campground

July 2, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

GOODSOIL, Sask. – Environment Canada confirms winds that flattened a northwest Saskatchewan campground over the weekend were the result of tornadoes. The agency says in a weather summary of the incident that a severe thunderstorm moved through the Murray Doell

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How reliable are severe weather emergency alerts?

June 5, 2019 by Jason Contant

Two tornadoes that swept through the Ottawa region Sunday have prompted questions about the effectiveness of Canada’s emergency alert system. Questions arose after numerous residents reported that they never received warnings about a tornado that hit Orléans, an east-end suburb

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Tornadoes hit Gatineau, Ottawa areas, though no injuries reported

June 3, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Strong winds uprooted trees and damaged homes, but nobody was injured when a tornado touched down in the Ottawa area Sunday evening. Environment Canada issued tornado warnings in eastern Ontario and western Quebec after someone spotted a twister

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Frustration after emergency alerts not received before deadly Manitoba tornado

August 7, 2018 The Canadian Press

ALONSA, Man. – Residents are frustrated they didn’t receive emergency alerts on their cell phones before a strong tornado tore through a small Manitoba community on Friday. The EF4 tornado moved through the Rural Municipality of Alonsa on Friday night