Multiple witnesses have reported having seen tornadoes touch downs in Ontario on Wednesday night, though initial reports of damage are mostly contained. One of the witnesses, Christina Hyland, claims that her family was completely “shocked” to look out her aunt’s cottage window and see a tornado heading toward them on Head Lake, in the Kawartha Lakes area. She explained that “we were all playing games in the living room and we saw water spouts and it just started to form” and “we all ran to the laundry room because we were so scared.”
However, Hyland revealed that once the tornado passed away, the family surveyed the area and only found the dock chairs were misplaced into the lake and did not observe any other potential damage. She claims that “it was quite a scene,” and “it was beautiful.” Meanwhile, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, Geoff Coulson, claims that he does not anticipates having ample staff on duty at the moment to survey all the damage from the storm. He allegedly felt pleasantly surprised to report that “fortunately, with a lot of cases, true tornadoes were short-lived and seemed weak.”
One storm investigator present in the Arthur area, north of Kitchener, is currently examining the affected area to evaluate how badly hit the areas were on Thursday morning. Environment Canada admitted having received reports from residents in the areas between Arthur and Grand Valley, Orillia, Carnarvon and areas east of Lake Simcoe. Coulson stated that “if anyone does come across a real swath of damage, we’ll probably send someone up there.”
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