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Thunderstorm brings down trees and power lines

One of four cars buried under fallen trees in the parking lot behind Chestnut Park Real Estate office.

A quick but powerful thunderstorm producing heavy downpours and damaging wind gusts took down trees and power lines in various areas of the County late Monday afternoon.
Prince Edward County OPP report responses to nine calls directly related to the thunderstorms.   The calls included hydro wires downed by falling tree limbs, residential alarms activated by power outages and a willow tree that came down across the road on Cty Rd 23 in Ameliasburgh.  OPP Constable Kim Guthrie reports the driver of a vehicle was unable to avoid the willow tree and crashed into it.
“Luckily he was not hurt in the collision,” she said.
Large trees fell on County Road 10 in front of the Twin Pines Retirement residence and the road was closed until crews could push the trees onto the property. Meanwhile, Prince Edward County firefighters maintained watch at Talbot Street where more trees and power lines were down. Four cars parked behind the Chestnut Park Real Estate Office were covered by fallen trees. Residents at the nearby Talbot Street condominiums were also cleaning up fallen branches. There were further reports of incidents on Ridge Road and Main Street West. Ontario Hydro is reporting several locations where work is ongoing to restore power. About 144 customers are without power in the southern end of the County along Babylon and Whattams roads. Ontario Hydro reports 121 customers along County Road 4 are affected. Power is expected to be restored in both areas by 11 p.m.

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Trees down on County Road 10

Trees and power lines down on Talbot Street.

Briar Boyce reports destruction of a barn and trees on Bethel Road. "The big storm downed two trees and a barn across the road. Lightning split the tree at the side of the yard split in two and the tree at the front of the driveway fell and missed the house. We're not sure how the barn fell, whether it was the wind or lightning. The farmer across the road only used the barn in the winter for cows and he may have had some hay in it, but no animals. If anything, the storm greened our grass back up."

Tree downed, but luckily missed the house on Bethel Road.

Ann Sherwood shares her photo of one of the uprooted trees at West Mary St., Picton. She reports there is another fallen tree at the corner of the parking lot that narrowly missed a car and another one near the back end of the parking lot, just over the fence, that also just missed a car.

Juanita Dubois reports she arrived at her Main Street Picton home to find a mess of uprooted and bent trees on either side of her house. "We were spared, save one tree. The neighbours on one side lost all standing trees, and on the other side the trees were bent like pretzels."

Pam McRae shares this photo of a large tree in her Downes Avenue backyard. "My place was saved, but the neighbours brand new fence was destroyed."

Stephanie Sensenstein shares this photo of a tree uprooted on County 10. "Our neighbour's driveway was blocked, and a tree actually fell on a tent in the yard. We were lucky because the trees fell just meters from hitting the house. Luckily no one was hurt."

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  1. Mike McGill says:

    Even tho that was a horrible looking storm, I regret ever moving to the city from the County…. Hope to be back soon. Im glad that there was no one hurt. and great video by the way .

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