KAWARTHA LAKES-Staff from the Northern Tornadoes Project and Environment and Climate Change Canada began investigating the damage reported in the Marmora – Madoc – Actinolite area Monday.
Officials say there was a long track of damage due to at least one tornado and downburst winds. Damage has been preliminarily rated as high-end EF-1 with peak wind speeds of near 175 km/h. The final track length and strength of the winds associated are not yet determined. Information is continuing to be gathered with respect to these severe thunderstorms.
Lesley Bernard said she got a warning on her phone at around 8:30pm and ten minutes later they were grabbing their dogss and heading for the basement.
“I heard the freight train roar but it passed by us,” she said on Facebook. “One tornado passed about 1,000 feet to the west, the second about 3km to the east. We had minimal damage but those in the path, well everything is gone and flattened.”
Severe thunderstorms tore across parts of Southern and Eastern Ontario Sunday evening. There were a number of reports of wind damage and power outages. Thousands of customers were affected by power outages from these thunderstorms. Heavy rain also accompanied these thunderstorms.
Damage has been reported along a path from Round Lake, east through Marmora and Madoc, to east of Actinolite: According to Environment Canada a flipped trailer in Rockdale with multiple injuries was reported. Extensive tree damage including areas of very large mature trees. Homes were damaged, some with the roof partially removed. Barns completely destroyed. Hydro lines and poles down, including on roads. Roads including Highway 7 blocked by fallen trees and power lines.
Below is a summary of rainfall totals in millimetres received by the storm
Prediction Centre: Brockville 84.4
The City of Kawartha Lakes was under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch at the time but there were no reports of major damage.