Saturday, August 22, 2009

Georgian Peaks Storm Damage

Environment Canada has yet to confirm as to whether Thursday's late afternoon storm that tore through the Georgian Peaks Ski Club was actually a tornado but after surveying the damage it's difficult to accept that it wasn't. As of late last evening Hydro One crews were still on site replacing broken hydro poles and re-running wires along Highway 26. Much of the debris from downed trees had been removed fully exposing the extent of the damage to several ski chalets located adjacent to the Georgian Trail.
With the ongoing affects that climate change seems to be having on our weather, many are beginning to question as to whether we have adequate advanced warning systems in place to advise the public of pending storm fronts similar to what we experienced this week. According to a report in the Toronto Star, Environment Canada believes that we do, people just tend not to heed them. Having previously lived just west of Chicago, we became quite accustomed to violent storms (and accompanying warning sirens) when these systems swept in from Iowa and other plains states to the west. In south-central Ontario these weather events have not been so common especially here in the Georgian Triangle but this past week's events may be an indicator of what we should expect in the future.
A video of Thurday's storm that swept through Georgian Peaks was taken at the Georgian Bay Club and is available for viewing on YouTube.

1 comment:

Douglas said...

Oh my God, that made me remember the damage it did to my old home which forced me to relocate somewhere else. Even moving to another home, the roof damage dilemma never left my system, a hail storm plagued my home which leads to a small amount of damage, luckily. Lacking knowledge on which roofers in Charlotte, NC to call for, I asked my friend for some advice, and she gave me the roofers (Phoenix, Arizona) that also provides service at my area in Charlotte, NC.

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