A tornado in Manitoba, Canada killed two people on Saturday. The powerful tornado landed roughly an hour north of the border between Canada and North Dakota. Both of the people killed were 18, and were found near a car that had been overturned by the tornado. The two, a man and a woman, were the only people killed by the storm.
Meanwhile, a 54-year-old man over half a mile away was also injured while driving away from the storm. The tornado touched down after 8 PM on Saturday, just outside of a city called Virden in rural Manitoba. The region is similar to the Midwest; there are few hills or mountains, mostly open plains and unbroken stretches for storms to simply rumble across.
Witnesses Describe Chaos
Those who witnessed the tornado touch down described the ensuing chaos. Vehicles were flung around, picked up and flipped all over the road into a ditch. “It threw two different vehicles, one into the ditch. There were two occupants trapped in there, plus there were downed power lines around the vehicle also, so that hampered the rescue operation,” Sean Schofer, a storm chaser, told local reporters.
When it touched down, the tornado hit a nearby farm. There, it destroyed several grain silos and spread their contents all over the surrounding area. Trees and power lines alike were also pulled down by the powerful wind force of the storm. Footage shot by Schofer shows the powerful tornado destroying objects in its path.
Remember: storm chasing is dangerous and should only be done by people with the proper training. Tornados are unpredictable and dangerous, and people die from them every year. A hobbyist with a camera is not a storm chaser, and could end up just getting hurt.
While Americans often think of Tornado Alley as being a uniquely American phenomenon, Canada also receives its share of tornados. As the temperatures rise worldwide, the plains of Manitoba are no exception. The heat and moisture required to fuel a tornado are present in the summer, and global warming is increasing the amount of fuel these storms have.
Moreover, the summer months see the Jet Stream take its course northward into Canada. Storms form out over the Pacific and then get caught up in the Jet Stream cross Canada from West to the East as they travel. Before being deposited on the East Coast, the storms first douse the plains of Canada and lash them with wind.