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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Storm Damage Being Investigated

Regional | by Claire McCormack  

Environment Canada teams are in Wellington County to see if twister touched down.

Photo from Ken Schaus (@KenSchaus) and the Ontario Tornado Watch Facebook page.  

Environment Canada is investigating whether storm damage was caused by a tornado in the area.

Strong winds on Wednesday are believed to be responsible for damage to trees and buildings in the Clifford area in Wellington County.

Police also believe it's the reason why a tree fell on a house in Flesherton in Southern Grey County.

That happened around 10 AM on Wednesday at a home on Levitta Street at Collingwood Street.

Grey County OPP officers arrived to find a tree had collapsed on a house, taking hydro wires down with it.

That started a fire and damaged the home.

Luckily no one was home at the time, and there were no injuries.

Bill White -- the Clerk for the Town of Minto -- says there was evidence of damage from wind along the Minto Normanby Towline and the Ayton Road area as well as other parts of Wellington County. 

White says while emergency responders were not called to any locations because of the wind storm, a silo roof blew away, sheds were wrecked and there is some minor damage to a farmhouse and car in the area.

Environment Canada Meteorologist Geoff Coulson says a team of analysts is investigating the damage in the Clifford area.

Coulson says Environment Canada's observation site in Mount Forest didn't capture some of the strongest winds, but says winds of 80 to 85 kilometres per hour were reported.

Wind gusts in Sarnia made it up to 96 kilometres an hour.

Coulson says when winds reach 90 km or more, there's a greater potential for damage to occur.

According to Coulson, if a tornado did occur in the Clifford area, the damage will follow a long narrow path as tornadoes tend to concentrate their damage into a small area.

Coulson says wind storms cause more widespread or scattered damage blowing most objects in one direction as a storm moves through. 

If you had major damage in your area, Coulson says you can send a report to Environment Canada at


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