‘Wild’ and ‘scary’ storm
“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.