Environment Canada Confirms Tornado In Grand Bend

Photo of storm damage at Grand Bend July 27, 2014 courtesy of James Smith via Twitter

Environment Canada has confirmed an EF1 tornado touched down in Grand Bend on Sunday night, knocking down hydro poles and trees.

The tornado produced peak winds of between 155 and 175 km/h and knocked power out to much of the surrounding area. It’s the eighth tornado in Ontario this year.

Thunderstorms producing strong winds and torrential downpours affected many parts of Southern Ontario Sunday evening prompting the national weather service to issue a tornado warning for eastern Lambton County around 7pm which was downgraded within 30 minutes to a severe thunderstorm warning.

Just over 1,500 Hydro One customers remained without electricity at 4pm Monday afternoon. The utility was working to repair approximately 13 downed hydro poles.

Hydro One said the Highway #21 corridor would be energized first. Other areas will be repaired as poles and lines are installed. Power was expected to be restored by 10pm Monday.

Extra crews have been called in from other municipalities to assist in the clean up.

Lambton OPP Constable Chrystal Jones says all main roads are open and side streets are passable.

The Municipality of Lambton Shores is urging residents to be cautious because some trees and limbs may still be unstable and could fall. Residents will receive instructions later how to dispose brush on their property.

Mayor Bill Weber says it’s a miracle only one minor injury was reported. He says a woman was hit by a falling branch at the Pinery.

There were numerous reports of heavy rainfall totals in areas stretching from Southwestern Ontario towards the Golden Horseshoe Sunday evening. Several reports of funnel clouds were also received in the Millbank area Sunday night, which is located northwest of Kitchener.