Canada Tornado One of Longest in History

It was on the ground about 3 hours
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2015 4:08 PM CDT

The amount of time tornadoes spend on the ground is usually measured in minutes. That won't quite do for the behemoth that hit the Canadian province of Manitoba Monday night—figure nearly three hours. Given that the longest on record is the three-and-a-half-hour Tri-State tornado of 1925 in the US Midwest, the Manitoba tornado is right up there among the world's longest, reports USA Today. Officials with Environment Canada haven't provided a final assessment yet, notes the Winnipeg Free Press. One big break is that the storm didn't hit any towns, though it took down utility poles, trees, and damaged roads in rural areas. No injuries were reported.

"The wind intensity was so strong that there were parts of Highway 256 in the southwest part of the province that literally had the asphalt stripped off the road's surface," storm chaser Greg Johnson tells the CBC. "I'm still on an adrenalin kick right now, I'm not gonna lie." (More Canada stories.)

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