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Tornado touched down in Washago last week (7 photos)

Northern Tornadoes Project reports EF1 tornado hit village on Thursday

A small tornado carved a nearly two-kilometre path in Washago last week.

The Northern Tornadoes Project confirmed this weekend that an EF1 tornado, no larger than 90 metres wide, touched down near the Severn Township village at the top of Lake Couchiching on Thursday. It had a 1.85-km path and a maximum wind speed of 145 km/h.

Melinda and Robert Beisel were in their home when the storm rolled in.

“We were finishing up dinner and we watched it come across the lake,” Melinda said.

The rain pounding on the windows was so loud, they didn’t hear the trees snapping outside.

“When the rain stopped, we walked out to see what was going on. It was kind of shocking,” she said, noting seven trees — a white pine and six cedars — had been toppled.

The storm passed through quickly, Melinda said.

While the day-and-a-half-long clean-up was a pain, she said she’s thankful no one was injured.

“We were lucky,” she said. “It could always be worse.”




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