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Thunderstorms pound County

During the violent thunderstorms June 8, a microburst of high wind at about 4:30 p.m. in North Marysburgh, around Rose Crossroad and County Road 7, uprooted and snapped several large trees. Two trees brought down both hydro and telephone lines, snapping two hydro poles in the process. The OPP and County Roads Department were quick to close off County Road 7 on both sides and traffic was rerouted down Bongards and Rock Crossroad. Power was not restored to residents in the immediate area for 48 hours. County Road 7 finally reopened June 10 around 6pm. Paul Wallace photo

A curtain of black moved along the sky about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Thousands are still without power  after thunderstorms storms pounded the region Wednesday afternoon and evening. The Glenora Ferry stopped running late afternoon Wednesday and remained out of service early this morning as trees were down on the Adolphustown side.

Bill and Diane Woods report about 8 to 10 properties around their Big Island property were damaged. They will be cleaning up a tree that came through the roof of their cottage.

A school in Madoc Township has been closed and Central Hastings bus runs have been cancelled. Trees, limbs and power lines are down across the Quinte region and more than 150,000 Hydro One customers across the province are without power. Hydro reports some power may not be restored until the weekend because of extensive damage to the lines.
The temperature before the storms set a record with a high temperature for June 8 of 30.5 degrees, toppling the record 29.4 on June 8, 1959.
Environment Canada also reported “significant storms” in the southern part of Haliburton County and the Kawartha Lakes area, adding that areas of central Ontario have been hit with wind gusts of 120 km/h.

The heat continues today. Forecast calls for a chance of thunderstorms.
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Storm over Smith's Bay. Jeanette Arsenault photo

picture taken by Morgan Reynolds in Bloomfield on  April 29,2011 on Wesley Acres Rd looking towards west lake

Photograph by Morgan Reynolds in Bloomfield on Wesley Acres Rd looking toward West Lake

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  1. Treat Hull says:

    Neighbors watched a funnel cloud form, then touch down south-west of Lake on the Mountain.

  2. Hi Terry, I observed a small finger of cloud dip towards the ground from the leading edge of the second gust front. It certainly looked rotational from where I was although it didn’t last long. I’ve a pic of it on my facebook wall.

    The storm was three years and 3 days after one that had the tree very close to where I was standing hit by lightning – the big gust front from the first storm finally blew it down.

  3. Phil Norton says:

    A teen from Wellington told me today he saw a waterspout which is a sort of twister that sucks up great lake water into the sky. I believe him. A friend of mine sent pictures of waterspouts close to shore in Erie, Penna last year.

  4. Terry Sprague says:

    Am I the only one who notices the little funnel cloud developing. Looks like a bit of a vortex happening there, especially when one zooms in. Big Island hard hit on the north shore with numerous broken branches, limbs and several uprooted trees. Part of the island was without power from 5:00 a.m. to about 10:00 a.m. today. I knew I bought that generator in 2000 for reasons other than the world was going to end. It pays to prepare for these occasional weather events. Except for some minor incovenience and extension cords all over the floor, we continued to function the same as always.

  5. E. Routledge says:

    I’m sure I saw a funnel cloud forming near the Bloomfield/Wellington area. Anyone else see it?
    We are lucky our old hickory and basswood trees didn’t come down.

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