Most powerful storm in Ontario in 15 years reduces parts of Goderich to rubble

August 22, 2011ONTARIO – The town of Goderich has declared a state of emergency after a tornado devastated the community Sunday afternoon, killing one person and injuring dozens. Ontario Provincial Police said a 61-year-old man, identified as Norman Laberge, was killed while he was working at the town’s salt mine. Laberge was a resident of nearby Lucknow. Police said at least 37 people were injured. Officers from several communities, including Toronto, converged on Goderich on Monday to sift through the wreckage during a widespread search and rescue operation. Premier Dalton McGuinty is scheduled to tour the disaster area. With winds of up to 300 kilometers per hour, the tornado touched down and destroyed much of Goderich’s core – flipping vehicles, uprooting decades-old trees, destroying several century-old buildings and leaving a trail of debris – after a violent storm system rolled across Lake Huron shortly before 4 p.m. “This is the worst damage I’ve ever seen,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Randy Mawson, who has been investigating storms for 36 years. It was the most powerful storm in Ontario in 15 years, Mawson said. A tornado warning was issued by Environment Canada at 3:48 p.m., about 12 minutes before the tornado struck, said David Phillips, Environment Canada’s senior climatologist. Tornado warnings are usually issued about 10 to 15 minutes in advance, he said. Devastation is like a movie scene: witness. Herb Marshall, the owner of the Park House Bar and Restaurant, said the scene was right out of a Hollywood blockbuster. “(The storm) came up the hill off the lake … and just took everything with it,” Marshall said. “I believe I saw a garbage bin up in the air going by.” Amateur video showed the devastation in the town’s square, where vehicles were tossed like toy cars, roofs of buildings were ripped off and debris rained down. –CP24
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9 Responses to Most powerful storm in Ontario in 15 years reduces parts of Goderich to rubble

  1. luisport says:

    My Dear God, it’s impressive! Yesterday we in Portugal had a minor one that kill one person and make six hounded… we never ever had a killing one! But a level like this it’s really impressive!!! God be with them!

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    • Kim says:

      I watch in horror at the destruction and am grateful to God that lives were spared. From the looks of it, there could have been massive death. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Ontario!!! We must be as the bridesmaids and keep our wicks trimmed and our lamps filled …we must be ready. Look he is coming!!

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  2. nitewarlok says:

    i hate to say it but its about time canada got hit,,now its our turn..im on west coast..cant wait to see what happens here,,3 fault lines lots of mountains asleep hopefully itll be interesting.you may ask why,,because i want the sleeping folk to wake up and look up.before its truly too late.stop filling the void with useless,,stuff,,and fill it properly with Christ.

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    • Wiseguy says:

      Feeling same thing here Montreal, Canada. Beautiful summer, sunny and very warm. Montreal’s nickname is ”La ville aux cent clochers” meaning ” City with hundred churches bells” so maybe we are protected. Just saying…

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    • Kim says:

      Amen brother, Look he is coming!!!

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  3. J Guffey says:

    Alvin – just as you have been warning, these will become more powerful and all too commonplace.

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  4. Scott Pullen says:

    No,I do not believe “it’s about time that Canada got hit”.My thoughts go out to the family of Mr.Norman Laberge.My sincere sympathy to you all.My sincere thought also go out to all the families that have been affected by the tornado.This is a time to all come together……..unite as one………..become stronger together.You will all prevail.Peace to you all.

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  5. Oh my. I am almost speechless after watching that video. My prayers for those people. And, people need to realize that tornadoes don’t just happen in “Tornado Alley” in the U.S.

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    • luisport says:

      Yes, it seams that tornado pathern is spreading… we in Portugal start to have them two years ago for the first time… it’s a skaring thing!

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