Massive Storm topples trees in Orillia

Two severe weather cells hit Orillia on Friday September 4th. The first one in mid afternoon brought hail stones the size of quarters to the area, followed by a heavy down pour of rain. The worst was yet to come, which it did around 6:30 Friday evening, out of nowhere and caught many a resident by surprise. This author was leaving the Orillia Square Mall as a vast dark cloud seemed to be tracking Orillia from the west. Within 5 minutes the storm was upon us, packing gusts of heavy winds in the 60 plus mile an hour range, tearing trees from limb to limb along Bay Street, into Couchiching Beach Park, inland to Canice, Jarvis, Parkview Streets, continuing its path in the north ward to St Jean, North, Peter and one of the areas to be hit as hard as near the Orillia waterfront was Alexander, Lawson, Skyline. Countless trees were toppled to the ground. A severe injury occured as a man was hit by a fallen tree in the Jarvis - Parkview area leaving the man in critical condition with head injuries and he had to be transported to Toronto Hospital by ambulance. Power was cut off to the north end of Orillia at about 6:30 pm and it was off until 10:35 that same evening. City work crews immediately came on site and spent countless hours and days of overtime to do a fantastic job getting the trees cleaned up and power restored.

Greg Leach

Greg Leach

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CENTURY 21 B.J. Roth Realty Ltd., Brokerage*
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