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Tornado confirmed in Lambton Shores, Ont.

By Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer

SARNIA, Ont. -- The uprooted trees and downed power lines near Grand Bend, Ont., on Sunday were caused by a tornado, Environment Canada confirmed late Monday.

Meteorologists with the weather agency spent Monday investigating the storm that hit the Lambton Shores, Ont., area on southern shores of Lake Huron before they classified it as an F1 tornado with peak winds between 155 and 175 km/h.

More than 4,000 Hydro One customers were left without power Monday morning following the storm, but the utility was working to have the lights back on by the end of the day.

The Lambton Shores, Ont., twister is Ontario's eighth of the season, according to Environment Canada. The province usually has an average of 12 tornadoes annually between April and October.

On the Fujita tornado intensity scale, an F1 twister is considered the second weakest tornado. However, the strength of these winds can still peel off roofs and move parked vehicles.

Lambton Shore officials said the area between Klondyke Road and Main Street in Grand Bend was hit the hardest.

Environment Canada meteorologists estimated the tornado's track of damage was 500 metres at its widest. The length of damage was estimated to be about five kilometres.

Public works crews from Lambton Shores, Bluewater, Lambton County and Huron County were called out Sunday night to help clear roads, and the Grand Bend Legion hall was opened for anyone needing shelter.

No injuries were reported to the OPP, Const. Chrystal Jones said.

paul.morden@sunmedia.ca

 


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