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Destruction in Goderich

If you missed it from yesterday, Goderich Ontario was struck by a tornado that developed from a thunderstorm coming off of Lake Huron yesterday (Sunday) at around 4 pm EDT. It was a bad one:

Numerous buildings were completely destroyed, with roofs and siding ripped off. An entire residential block had to be evacuated as crews worked to contain a large gas leak. Tragically, one man who was working in the salt mine at the time the storm ripped through was killed..While the investigation in the tornado ravaged community continues, Environment Canada considers the tornado to be rated an F2 or F3 storm on the Fujita Scale with winds over 240 km/h. Officials say this is the most powerful tornado to hit southern Ontario in years.

Woodstock is well aware of this sort of devastation; in 1979 a tornado ripped through the southern end of the town and obliterated surrounding communities. My thoughts are with the people of Goderich this day.

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