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Ontario ‘due’ for F4 tornado, expert warns

The aftermath of a tornado that hit Vaughan on August 20, 2009. CITYNEWS.

The destruction caused by tornadoes in the southeastern United States is the deadliest that country has seen since 1953 – and one expert is warning Ontario is ‘due’ for a similar onslaught.

“We’d expect to see an F4 tornado somewhere in the province every 15 years or so. We’d expect to get an F3 a little bit lower on that scale, maybe about every eight years or so,” Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson warned Friday.

“We’re actually overdue in both those cases,” he added.

Grand Valley and Barrie were hit by an F4 tornado 26 years ago, in 1985. 12 people died in that storm.