‘This is unbelievable’: Heavy storm hits Toronto

The sunny skies darkened in the blink of an eye. A severe storm with “near-hurricane-force winds,” according a meteorologist, materialized out of nowhere on a Saturday afternoon, demolition of hydroelectric linescutting power and vandalizing houses through Ontario.

“Wow, this is amazing,” Weather Network meteorologist Mark Robinson said in a video office during the storm. Robinson ducked behind his car to keep debris from flying at him. “I can’t describe how strong these winds are,” he said. “It’s absolutely amazing.”

several trees were thrown into cars in the Riverdale area of ​​Toronto with enough force to shatter windshields.

In London, Ontario, Nicole Fice tweeted a photo from his neighbor’s collapsed front porch after the storm blew trees onto him.

a big tree Was seen completely ripped out from under the concrete in Cambridge, Ontario.

The images and videos were posted on Twitter as Environment Canada issued a severe storm warning for the city of Toronto and surrounding areas on Saturday afternoon.

The warning for Toronto was lifted at 1:38 p.m., minutes after the brief but intense storm hit the city.

“Forecasters are tracking a very dangerous thunderstorm capable of producing destructive wind gusts and ton-sized hail,” the alert said.

Some people also received cell phone alerts.

The weather agency warned of winds gusting to 130 km/h, hail the size of a nickel and the risk of tornadoes.

“This is a dangerous and life-threatening situation,” the agency said.

Ben Cohen is a reporter for the Star in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @bcohenn


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