Tornado touches down just north of Barrie

Environment Canada has confirmed a tornado touched down just north of Barrie on Monday evening.

The weather agency says the tornado touched down just after 8 p.m. in the Oro Station area, between Barrie and Orillia.

According to Environment Canada, the tornado produced winds up to 120 km/h and had a maximum path width of 200 meters.

The agency says the tornado’s track was approximately five kilometers long.

As a result of the tornado, Environment Canada says a 20-meter tall metal communication tower was broken in half, there was damage to small structures and fences in the area, and there was damage to trees.

The agency says due to the damage recorded, the tornado has been rated in the upper end of the EF-0 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

The Enhanced Fujita scale measures the intensity of tornadoes and ranges from EF-0 to EF-5.