‘Wild’ and ‘scary’ storm

The Glengarry News - - Front Page -

“Wild” and “scary.” Those words aptly summed up the fe­ro­cious tor­nado-like storm that ripped through the area last Wed­nes­day.

Amaz­ingly, no­body was in­jured but there were some close calls and many fraz­zled nerves as high winds and rain tore through the re­gion, bat­ter­ing build­ings and de­stroy­ing trees.

Thou­sands of res­i­dents were with­out power for most of the day and night of Au­gust 29.

At least one barn was top­pled in North Glen­garry while Bainsville res­i­dents re­ported tor­ren­tial rains that forced many mo­torists to pull over to the side of the road.

“We have a large tree down and my daugh­ter was blown off her bike,” Kathy McLen­nan, of Maxville, re­lated on The News Face­book page. “She lost her shoes when thrown from the bike. She got up and ran with her bike and tried bring­ing it in the house be­cause the dog was at­tached... It was wild, she was in a frenzy.”

While En­vi­ron­ment Canada had is­sued a tor­nado warn­ing at about 2 p.m., tech­ni­cally the storm was down­graded to a “mi­croburst.”

But there was noth­ing “mi­cro” about the im­pact the weather event had on res­i­dents, as demon­strated by the com­ments posted on

The News Face­book page. “Our chicken coop flew over. Thank­fully the birds are OK!,” posted Linda Mac­Don­ald, of Maxville.

Like many, Miche­line Doth, of Van­kleek Hill, took refuge in a base­ment as howl­ing winds lashed homes.

“Hid­ing in the base­ment with my dog,” shared Sab­rina Ques­nel.

“A lot of fright­ened horses!” ex­claimed Heather Beth Mac­In­tosh.

Driv­ing was treach­er­ous. “Couldn’t see any­thing for awhile. Very danger­ous!! But made it,” So­phie Pageau-Tassé com­mented on The

News page. Kathy Daoust-Heale, of Bainsville, said: “Was scary, windy and the heav­i­est rains I’ve ever seen.” Iron­i­cally, the area was also rocked by high winds last year near the end of Au­gust.

En­vi­ron­ment Canada re­minds the pub­lic that ev­ery­one ought to be wary of the forces of na­ture.

Take cover im­me­di­ately, if threat­en­ing weather ap­proaches. If you hear a roar­ing sound or see a fun­nel cloud, swirling de­bris near the ground, fly­ing de­bris, or any threat­en­ing weather ap­proach­ing, take shel­ter im­me­di­ately.

Go in­doors to a room on the low­est floor, away from out­side walls and win­dows, such as a base­ment, bath­room, stair­well or in­te­rior closet. Leave mo­bile homes, ve­hi­cles, tents, trail­ers and other tem­po­rary or free-stand­ing shel­ter, and move to a strong build­ing if you can. As a last re­sort, lie in a low spot and pro­tect your head from fly­ing de­bris.

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