Tornado strikes Canadian city north of Toronto

Several people were injured and many more were displaced Thursday after a tornado ripped through part of a southern Ontario city, its mayor said as he expressed relief that no lives had been lost in the destruction.Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman said that while the tornado that hit a neighbourhood in the city's south end caused extensive property damage, as of Thursday evening, no deaths were reported and no one appeared to be unaccounted for."I can't tell you how incredible it is that nobody has been killed, and I hope that as all the secondary searches are completed and the patients are treated in the hospital, that that continues to be the case," he said."Because this certainly could have been a much more serious disaster."Paramedics said eight people were taken to hospital, including four who suffered serious injuries. Seven of those hospitalized were being treated for trauma and one for a medical condition, they said.

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