Down burst of severe weather damages building, knocks out power in Collingwood
Rachael D'Amore, CTV Toronto
Published Monday, October 17, 2016 5:04PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, October 17, 2016 6:35PM EDT
A down burst of severe weather, including high winds and heavy rain, has damaged at least one property and knocked out power in Collingwood.
Environment Canada confirmed that a line of strong storms developed over the Georgian Bay on Monday afternoon, prompting the agency to issue a severe thunderstorm warning in the area. The agency said hail, strong winds and heavy rainfall could be part of the storms.
In a video taken by a CTV News viewer, high winds can be seen pushing trees to one side as heavy rain pours down.
The agency said the area has experienced extensive wind damage including uprooted trees, a removed roof and flipped trailers.
The fire chief told CP24 that a number of calls have also come in about downed wires in Collingwood. PowerStream also confirmed that power is out for many customers in Barrie as well. Meanwhile, Hydro One said it is working to restore power to over 14,300 customers affected by the storms through central Ontario.
Paramedics said no injuries have been reported.
The national weather agency issued the severe thunderstorm warning at around 4:30 p.m. and included the northern York Region, Newmarket, northern Durham Region, Innisfil, Barrie, Collingwood and Orillia.
According to Geoff Coulson with Environment Canada, a wind burst of 115 km/h was recorded at the Lake Simcoe Airport near Barrie shortly before 4 p.m.
The agency urged residents to “take cover immediately” if severe, threatening weather approaches.
“Thunderstorms with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour are moving southeastward through the regions and will pass through Lake Simcoe and then continue southeastward over the next hour,” Environment Canada’s advisory reads.
Hail is also possible, it said.
In an advisory issued on Monday evening, Environment Canada said it will sent a damage survey team to the Collingwood area on Tuesday to assess the severity of the storm.
The thunderstorm warnings follow an early fog advisory which caused widespread flight delays and cancellations in Toronto. It was lifted shortly before 5 p.m.