EC's storm investigation team has assessed that the Elie tornado (shown in image here) was an F5 strength on the Fujita tornado intensity scale. The rating was based on the fact that some homes were completely swept off their foundation, a classic signature of F4 or F5 tornadoes. This makes it Manitoba's strongest tornado on record, and the first F5 tornado officially recorded in Canada.
And the violent weather isn't over.. severe thunderstorms have again erupted over southwest Manitoba this evening, with an intense supercell north of Pipestone producing a confirmed tornado on the ground as of 7 pm. (no indication of damage yet)