Thirty years after deadly Edmonton tornado, storms remain difficult to track – Edmonton

From his hillside acreage in Leduc County, Tom Taylor was the first person to report the Edmonton tornado.

Thirty years later, he still can’t believe the destruction it caused. 

The tornado on July 31, 1987 that killed 27 people, injured 600, left hundreds more homeless and did $300 million in damage, started as a small translucent funnel about a mile from Taylor’s house, south of Edmonton.

The funnel lasted 10 seconds before the formation moved over his house. 

“I could hear the shingles making a noise,” Taylor told CBC News. “I could hear clunking on the roof. I guess I didn’t realize the significance of what I was seeing and how deadly they could be.”

Tom Taylor storm watches on his property in Leduc as an anvil cloud forms in background. (Tom Taylor)

Taylor called the weather office at 2:48 p.m. to report what he believed to be a tornado, though…

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