Homeowners shellshocked by tornado damage

Angie Wishart stands in her living room where a giant spruce tree came crashing through the...

Angie Wishart stands in her living room where a giant spruce tree came crashing through the ceiling. (Tracy McLaughlin/Special to the Toronto Sun)

Tracy McLaughlin, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:53 PM ET

ANGUS, ONT. - As the world around her turned black, then to an eerie sickly green, 77-year-old Joan Wishart sat oblivious in her living room watching television, until the phone rang.

“Mom, get into the basement,” her daughter yelled into the phone. “Don’t ask questions Mom, just go!”

So Wishart, who is unable to walk fast, shuffled as quick as she could.

Seconds later, the top of a giant Spruce tree from the neighbor’s yard came crashing through her ceiling, right where she had been sitting.

“I had just made it to the first basement step and I heard the crash,” said Wishart, still unaware at the time that she was in the centre of a tornado.

Environment Canada said the Enhanced F2 Tornado with 180 km/h winds touched down in two areas of this small town just west of Barrie, causing major devastation to about 100 homes. Roof tops were ripped away, entire sides were torn off houses, and trees flew through the air.


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