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EC confirms Ontario's sixth tornado of the season


Staff writers
July 23, 2012 — Portions of southern Ontario got a heavy dose of rain Sunday, leading to localized flooding and flight delays, and the province's sixth tornado of the season.


The tornado reportedly touched down on July 22 at 8:50 p.m. local time.
The tornado reportedly touched down on July 22 at 8:50 p.m. local time.

Heavy rain moved into parts of southern Ontario Sunday evening.

While many welcomed the wet weather after a stretch of hot and dry conditions, Sunday's rain wasn't without its headaches. From localized flooding in Stoney Creek to flight delays at Hamilton International Airport, the storms formed quickly and brought substantial rain to parts of the GTA.

"The showers were isolated," says Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "In some places - like Hamilton - they moved slowly and re-developed over the same area, resulting in substantial rainfall."

Close to 70 mm of rain fell in Hamilton in a short period of time, while places like Toronto saw closer to 20 mm.

Later in the evening, a tornado warning was issued for the Woodstock area.

After thorough investigation, Environment Canada confirmed that the storm triggered the province's sixth tornado of the season. They reported that the twister lasted for a few minutes in a field northwest of the community of Embro in Oxford County. There was no significant damage reported as a result of the Fujita Scale 0 tornado. 

Ontario normally gets around 13 tornadoes each year in a season which runs from late April until early October.  

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