Environment Canada Confirms EF1 Tornado In Grand Bend

Road closed in Grand Bend following severe storm Sunday July 27, 2014. Photo submitted by Rob Jenkins.

Environment Canada has confirmed an EF1 tornado touched down in Grand Bend last night.

The weather service says the twister packed winds of between 155 and 175 km/hr, tearing down power lines and trees.

Crews are still on scene working to clear up the debris.

According to Hydro One, more than 15-hundred customers will have to wait until ten tonight for the power to be restored, that’s down from the more than 4000 customers that were without power earlier today.

The Beach O’Pines area is the hardest hit, and some streets in that section are not open.

One person was hurt by a falling tree in a park.

Police are asking people to avoid unnecessary travel to the Grand Bend area until power is restored and roads are reopened.

The Grand Bend legion is open for regular business hours, and is available for anyone in need of shelter.

– With files from Janice Mackay