Extensive hail damage hits Buffalo Pound Lake

Lisa Goudy
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Around 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, Bob Wells noticed the clouds rotating above the North Shore at Buffalo Pound Lake.

“We actually thought we were in a tornado, and I’m still not sure we weren’t,” said Wells of Wells Camera and Sound. “I think all the neighbours out here would argue the point. There’s sure a lot of damage anyway.”

He said in his 50 years of living out at the lake, he hasn’t seen a storm quite like it. The rain and hail caused extensive damage on the north shore. Environment Canada is saying there might have been as many as five tornadoes across the province Tuesday night.

Wells was thankful no one was hurt in the storm.

“We were lucky,” said Wells. “Nobody got hurt and that’s the main thing.”

He said that while the wind was blowing all day from the southeast at 60 or 70 kilometres per hour, it turned around to come from the west at around 60 to 70 km/h. After that, the wind came from the centre when the storm hit.

“The visibility was next to zero and it was coming straight at our cottage. It was so intense,” said Wells. “A lot of down trees, two doors down there’s a person’s sailboat from his yard that’s up in his tree. Two doors the other way to us there’s a whole front end of a cabin, which is a brand new cabin that ripped off the front balcony, the overhang. It lifted it right off and destroyed it.”

For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.


Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Buffalo Pound Lake, North Shore

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