Wild Weather Includes Suspected Tornado

Split tree on Sanitorium Rd by Lisa Brandt, Blackburn News

Environment Canada is probing a possible tornado near Goderich, as overnight storms wreaked havoc on the region.

Wild thunderstorms rolled into Ontario Monday evening, prompting Environment Canada to issue a Severe Thunderstorm Warning and, for about an hour, a Tornado Watch. A storm chaser claims to have spotted a tornado near Goderich, but that hasn’t yet been confirmed by E.C..

Image appearing to show a funnel cloud posted on Twitter by Dave Patrick (@wwxchaser) on Monday evening. Patrick says the picture was taken southeast of Goderich.

Image appearing to show a funnel cloud posted on Twitter by Dave Patrick (@wwxchaser) on Monday evening. Patrick says the picture was taken southeast of Goderich.

An eyewitness to the suspected tornado talks to our affiliate CKNX radio, HERE.

Locally, heavy rain and wind took a toll on trees and caused flooding on roads throughout the city. Brief power outages occurred overnight in Byron and in a swath of downtown.  There are still hundreds of Londoners without hydro. According to London Hydro’s web site, crews have been dispatched to different areas to an effort to restore power.

The following streets, stores and community sites are closed:

  • Newbold Dr. between Adelaide St. S and Bessemer Rd. due to flooding
  • Florence St. between Kellogg Lane and Eleanor St. due to flooding
  • WalMart at Argyle Mall due to flooding
  • Several stores at WhiteOaks Mall due to flooding

At least one house in Port Elgin was hit by a lightning strike but there were no reports of  any injuries.

Trees down on Waterloo St. in London as a result of the storm. June 23, 2015. Photo by Lisa Brandt.

Trees down on Waterloo St. in London as a result of the storm. June 23, 2015. Photo by Lisa Brandt.