2 tornadoes, minutes apart, hit London, Ontario in intense weekend storm, experts say

Two tornadoes touched down in London during last Saturday’s intense weather storm, a Western University group that studies tornadoes confirmed on Friday.

The Northern Tornadoes Project (NTP) found that two EF1 tornadoes took place shortly after 11:30 a.m. and occurred within three minutes of each other.

The group thoroughly investigated two of the city’s hardest-hit neighborhoods, which were Huron Heights and Wilton Grove, said David Sills, executive director of the project.

“It was a very fast moving storm, so the tornadoes would have moved quickly as well. I don’t know if they would have happened at the same time, but quite close, a few minutes apart,” he said. he declares.

Damage in Huron Heights included the loss of an apartment roof and airport hanger doors, and an overturned plane, as well as broken healthy trees.

The worst damage in Wilton Grove occurred to a warehouse, which had its roof removed and partially collapsed, along with a large leaning utility pole, Sills added.

A warehouse in the Wilton Grove area was badly damaged from Saturday’s tornadoes. (UWO-NTP blog)

Communities in southern Ontario and Quebec grappled with what was initially believed to be a severe thunderstorm that caused widespread wind damage and at least 10 deaths.

Although no injuries were reported in the London area, high winds toppled several trees and damaged cars and homes, blocked streets and power outages lasting up to 30 hours in some areas .

City crews overwhelmed by damaged trees

City of London crews continue to deal with service requests related to tree damage and post-storm cleanup efforts.

“It was a storm system that lasted nearly 12 hours and caused damage throughout it. We’re just beginning to understand where the major damage was done and what caused it,” said Sills.

In a public service announcement, the city said that although the storm affected all of London, some areas suffered more intense damage and tree loss.

Crews received about 450 calls for tree damage, but the city estimates the total number of trees damaged as a result of the storm is much higher.

“City crews continue to assess and treat trees on the roadways and have responded to urgent issues on a priority basis,” a statement read.

Initial priorities included blocked roads and trees on homes, structures or vehicles, and the city said all available resources were directed to those priorities. It is unclear when the cleanup efforts will be complete.

“Timeframes remain difficult to determine with significant work underway and yet to be assessed in parks and natural areas where tree damage is also significant. Any storm-related cleanup, including restoration of areas, removal stumps, etc., should take several weeks to complete,” the statement read.

Tree damage is shown in Huron Heights. (UWO-NTP blog)

Reminders to the public

  • Tree issues on public property (storm or wind damage, requests for tree pruning or inspection, etc.) can be submitted on service.london.ca.
  • Tree branches damaged or fallen on private property are the responsibility of the owner.
  • Yard waste, brush and tree branches placed for Green Week collection (curbside) must meet existing curbside collection criteria, such as tree branches must be 10cm or less and one meter in length. The brush should be tied in bundles. Check your collection calendar for Green Week dates.
  • Please do not block the sidewalk or roadway with yard waste.
  • Larger yard waste, brush and tree limbs can be taken to a local EnviroDepot during business hours.

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