NEW TECUMSETH, Ont. — Seven days and almost to the hour after a tornado ripped through Angus, Ont., another twister touched down about 20 km southwest.
Strong winds severely damaged a home and knocked down trees around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Environment Canada investigators arrived on scene around 7 p.m. and confirmed an EF1 tornado had touched down.
No injuries were reported.
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The large home had partially collapsed, and the attached garage was destroyed. Many trees were flattened or had large branches snapped off. No injuries were reported.
Paramedics were on call and police went door-to-door to check on residents and assess the damage, he said.
“We’re bringing in a lot of resources into the region to make sure everyone is safe,” Const. Paul Nancekivell of the Ontario Provincial Police said, standing near the badly damaged home.
Royal LePage realtor Patricia Jordan was driving home from work when the storm hit.
A section of the 4th Line of New Tecumseth was closed after severe weather knocked down hydro lines and trees in the area, Tuesday afternoon. MARK WANZEL PHOTO
Jordan said it wasn’t raining too heavily and it wasn’t too windy, but she heard a couple of loud snaps as she passed a wooded area.
“It was like I was driving into mist, it was like a cloud, not a tornado,” Jordan said.
As she slowed down, Jordan heard another tree snap and stopped her car as did the driver ahead of her.
“I said, ‘Oh my God, that was a tornado that just passed through here,’” she said.
They had stopped in front of a home with a destroyed garage.
In the wind and rain, the other driver ran up to the home and knocked. After waiting, the driver turned away to leave when a mother and two grown children answered the door.
“They said, ‘Sorry we took so long, we were in the basement hiding in the cold cellar,’” Jordan said. “They looked shaken, like death warmed over.”
Within minutes, the driveway was full of neighbours and strangers who came to check on the family.
“You could see the swath of trees knocked down where it came from the west,” Jordan said, adding if she’d been five minutes earlier leaving work, she would have been smack dab in the middle of it.
A week ago, an EF2 tornado blew through nearby Angus, located north of Toronto, and forced 102 families from their homes.
The initial state of emergency was lifted there Monday, but officials say 15 to 20 homes may have to be demolished. Other homes may take as long as a year to be repair after winds in excess of 200 km/h tore through town.