Environment Canada is confirming that tornadoes hit two separate areas northwest of Toronto yesterday afternoon, leaving homes and trees damaged and bringing down power lines.
Both the Township of Amaranth and New Tecumseth saw EF-1 tornadoes hit on Tuesday, according to Environment Canada.
Environment Canada's Peter Kimble told CBC Radio's Here and Now that the first tornado event occurred in Laurel, which is part of the Township of Amaranth, just northwest of the Town of Orangeville, at about 3:30 p.m.
Shortly after, at about 4 p.m., New Tecumseth had a tornado touch down. It tracked along a path of about 10 kilometres.
The New Tecumseth tornado had been confirmed yesterday evening. Environment Canada investigators announced the confirmation of the Amaranth tornado today.
OPP Const. Kelly Daniels said the first call to police about the tornado in New Tecumseth came in at 4:11 p.m. yesterday.
"They were seeing hydro lines across the roadways," said Daniels, one of the officers who first reached the strip of New Tecumseth where the tornado touched down.
Daniels said that five or six homes were damaged, along with a number of outdoor structures.
Two horses were hurt, but no people were injured as a result of the tornado.
"We're lucky, very lucky," she said. "Properties and barns can be fixed."
Steve Singh's house suffered serious damage.
"It's surprising what it can do. By the looks of it, it's got a lot of power to it," Singh told CBC News, when describing the impact of the tornado. "It's amazing."
The tornado tracked through Graham Vollick's property in New Tecumseth, where several horses were outside when it hit.
"There were two or three horses still outside, one of which was hit by flying debris and she’s being treated for that and should be fine," Vollick told CBC News in an interview on Wednesday.
Vollick said the tornado "flattened" both a riding arena and a group of horse paddocks.
"The cleanup effort will be fairly extensive, by the looks of it," he said.
The dual tornado events on Tuesday came just a week after a tornado hit Angus, Ont., just a 20-minute drive from New Tecumseth.
CBC meteorologist Ross Hull reported on Wednesday evening that there have been six confirmed tornadoes so far this year in Southern Ontario.