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Photo/Video: Tornado touches down near Dryden

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

An aerial view of storm damaged trees in the path of a tornado that touched down near Dryden, Aug. 16 and tracked north towards Sioux Lookout. While no structures were affected, the storm added approximately 300 hectares to an already large inventory of storm damaged forest, which presents a hazard in the event of a forest fire due to instability of standing trees that are left behind, navigation for FireRangers and fire intensity from concentrated forest fuels. Photo courtesy MNR/Mitch Miller

This image was captured on the afternoon of Aug. 16 at the Dryden airport by pilot Rob Fletcher.

 

 

Another view of the funnel cloud approaching the Dryden airport. Photo courtesy Erin Capovilla

Environment Canada has confirmed, through photo and video evidence, Ontario’s fourth tornado of the season. Early indications are that a tornado with a long track – roughly 80 km – from west of Dryden northeastward to between Lac Seul and Sioux Lookout and possibly beyond occurred on Tuesday August 16th between about 4:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. EDT.

 

A Fujita scale rating of this storm has yet to be established, but would be determined based on evidence of damage that may be forthcoming. The forest fire service of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has dispatched a helicopter from Dryden airport to investigate the track of this event and any damage that may have occurred.

More to come on this story as it unfolds.

Click the link below for a brief video taken of the funnel cloud by members of the Dryden Fire Service.

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Tornado touchs down in the Richan Road/Hwy 601 area. Photo by Chris Hupfaeur.

 

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