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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Tornado Hits Goderich

Goderich | by Bayshore News Staff  

Courthouse Square a mess, one person confirmed dead as tornado is confirmed.

Ontario Provincial Police have confirmed one person is dead after a powerful tornado struck Goderich.

Police say 61 year old Normand Laberge of Lucknow was working in a salt mine in Goderich when the storm hit on Sunday afternoon.

Police aren't giving any further details of the circumstances of the death.

Environment Canada says one of its damage survey teams looked at the devastation in Goderich and concluded it was caused by a tornado.

The agency says the twister was packing winds of up to 250 kilometres an hour.

You can see images that show downed power lines, trees and debris strewn across streets, while witnesses have described cars being picked up and thrown like toys.

Lynda Rotteau -- the Emergency Management Co-Ordinator in Goderich -- advises the community's emergency shelter at the Knights of Columbus Hall off of Suncoast Drive IS open for anyone who may be in need of shelter.

Rotteau warns people to stay away from the downtown core, as rubber-neckers are impeding Emergency Vehicles which need access.

Power lines are down, trees are uprooted, roofs torn off and glass shattered all around Couthouse Square.

Cell phone service has been largely disrupted.

Police have closed Highway 21 so that crews may deal with damage which has occurred along the Bluewater Highway.

Hydro One reports that power is out to 18 hundred customers in the Bayfield and Goderich vicinity.

Crews estimate restoration time for most residents will be 2:30 AM on Monday.

View photos of storm damage in our photo gallery: click here.

If you have any photos you'd like to submit, please email them to news@1049thebeach.ca.

 

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