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Old 08-21-2011, 10:25 PM
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Default Re: Goderich tornado - August 21, 2011

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 738 
 AWCN11 CWTO 220135
 WEATHER SUMMARY FOR ALL OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO AND THE
 NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION ISSUED BY ENVIRONMENT CANADA
 AT 9:35 PM EDT SUNDAY 21 AUGUST 2011.

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 ==WEATHER EVENT DISCUSSION==

A VERY DYNAMIC SERIES OF THUNDERSTORMS FORMED OVER SOUTHERN ONTARIO
 SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THERE WERE SEVERAL REPORTS OF TORRENTIAL
 DOWNPOURS, LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS OVER SEVERAL AREAS
 EXTENDING FROM GODERICH THROUGH THE GREATER TORONTO AREA AND EAST
 TOWARDS THE ST LAWRENCE RIVER.

THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE REPORTED A POTENTIAL TORNADO TOUCHDOWN
 OVER GODERICH AROUND 4 PM SUNDAY.  WITH THE HELP OF LOCAL EMERGENCY
 PERSONNEL, AN ENVIRONMENT CANADA DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM HAS DONE AN
 INITIAL ASSESSMENT OF THE DAMAGE IN GODERICH AND HAS CONFIRMED THAT A
 TORNADO DID INDEED TRACK THROUGH THE TOWN.  AT THIS TIME, THE
 TORNADO HAS BEEN RATED A HIGH END FUJITA SCALE TWO (WINDS UP
 TO 240 KM/H) OR LOW END FUJITA SCALE THREE (WINDS NEAR 250 KM/H).
 THE SURVEY TEAM HAS REPORTED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO DOWNTOWN GODERICH
 INCLUDING STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO BUILDINGS, ROOFS REMOVED, NUMEROUS
 VEHICLES OVERTURNED AND TREES DOWN.  THERE IS ONE REPORTED FATALITY,
 AND A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITH UNKNOWN INJURIES.

ENVIRONMENT CANADA WILL SEND AN ADDITONAL DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM TO THE
 AREA MONDAY TO WORK IN TANDEM WITH THE TEAM ALREADY PRESENT. THEY
 WILL CONTINUE TO ASSESS THE DAMAGE TO REFINE THE FUJITA SCALE
 RATING OF THE TORNADO AS WELL DOCUMENT THE LENGTH AND WIDTH OF THE
 TRACK.

THERE WAS ALSO REPORT OF DAMAGE IN GANANOQUE WHICH OCCURED AROUND
 12:45 PM SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

FOLLOWING ARE SOME OF THE REPORTS OF DAMAGE RECEIVED BY
 ENVIRONMENT CANADA AS OF 4:30 PM SUNDAY.

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 LOCATION        DAMAGE REPORT

GODERICH        SEVERAL ROOFS REMOVED FROM BUILDINGS AND WALLS
                 CRUMBLED.  STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO ARENA, FACTORIES AND
                 HOUSES.
                 REPORT OF 1 FATALITY, NUMBER OF PEOPLE INJURED.
                 GRAIN ELEVATOR DAMAGED
                 SEVERAL TREES DOWN
                 NUMEROUS CARS DAMAGED.

GANANOQUE       SEVERAL TREES DOWN
                 DAMAGE TO ABOVE GROUND POOL AND ROOF
                 FEW POWER LINES DOWN


                    TIME        WEATHER REPORT

BRAMPTON            2:30 PM     HEAVY RAIN AND INTENSE SMALL HAIL
                     3:00 PM     19 MM IN 10 MIN


TORONTO             2:40 PM     EST. GUST 80 TO 100 KM/H
                                 FLOODING OVER HWY 401 NEAR YORKDALE
                                 FLOODING ON DONWAY WEST


TORONTO EAST YORK    2:55 PM    WIND GUST 72.4 KM/H,
                                 43.6 MM IN 10 MIN

GODERICH AIRPORT     4:00 PM    GUST TO 87 KM/H

STRATFORD            4:45 PM    VERY LARGE HAIL REPORTED


THIS WEATHER SUMMARY CONTAINS PRELIMINARY INFORMATION
 AND MAY NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFICIAL OR FINAL REPORT.

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