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Five years since Elie Tornado made history


Staff writers
June 22, 2012 — June 22 marks the fifth anniversary of the F5 tornado that hit the town of Elie, Manitoba.


The tornado was eventually classified as an F5 tornado, the first ever recorded in Canada.
The tornado was eventually classified as an F5 tornado, the first ever recorded in Canada.

It was the first and, to date, only time a tornado of that magnitude had been recorded in Canada.

No one was seriously injured, but the twister damaged several structures, some of which were almost completely levelled by the strong winds.

It was originally rated at F4 on the Fujita scale, but upgraded to an F5, the highest magnitude, after the scale of damage proved the tornado boasted winds of more than 420 km/h.

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