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Massive Storm Hits Toronto, Makes Sky Disappear

But unlike the Barrie region, we didn't have to contend with a tornado.

You might have noticed that last night round about 7 p.m., the sun was blotted out, fast-moving clouds turned the sky black, and the city was then buffeted by strong winds and pounded by torrential rains. If you were lucky, you were in a position to reflect on the strength, drama, and downright scariness of nature while, say, watching the whole thing from a comfortable balcony—instead of discovering, along with 12,000 other Toronto Hydro customers, that your power had been knocked out. (As of 6:30 a.m., 11,000 of those customers had seen their power restored.) Toronto Hydro is warning residents to watch out for and steer clear of downed wires.

And although Toronto was treated to a spectacular sound, light, wind, and rain show, the weather was far more violent elsewhere in Ontario: Environment Canada has confirmed that a tornado hit the Barrie region at about 5:20 p.m., damaging 100 homes and creating a massive field of debris.


  • WD

    There were also tornado warnings in the east.

  • tomwest

    “Barrie region” isn’t a place

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      The region around and containing Barrie is a place. It would be very hard to build cities and towns there if it didn’t exist.

      • tomwest

        Yes, the area around Barrie is a place. It’s called “Simcoe County”.

        • tyrannosaurus_rek

          No, an area around Barrie is called Simcoe County. Simcoe County is a specific political region containing Barrie; “Barrie region” isn’t limited to that political meaning. It wouldn’t be wrong to say the Blue Mountains or Keswick are in the Barrie region, but the Blue Mountains and Keswick aren’t in Simcoe County.

          • OgtheDim

            Which points to the issue of being specific. In a world with twitter and google maps, using town names is very doable, as against the lazy boned approach of ‘Barrie region’.

            (I know, not tw’s point)

          • tomwest

            Except we’re talking baout a specific tornado… The tornado in the news was in Angus, a community in Essa Township, part of Simcoe County.

          • tyrannosaurus_rek

            It’s still not wrong to say Angus (or the whole area under the tornado warning at the time, which was not limited to Simcoe County) is in the Barrie region.

  • dsmithhfx

    Goddam map nerds.

  • wklis

    Toto! I think we’re not in Kansas anymore…

  • Notcleverguy

    I lived in Lincoln, Nebraska for a little while. Tornadoes are more common there than they are around here. When tornado weather rolls in, the sky goes a weird electric greenish colour, It’s hard to describe. I saw traces of that sky while sitting on my back porch in East York yesterday evening. It’s a scary thing.

    • torontothegreat


      • Notcleverguy

        I was a Corn Husker for four years.

        Go Big Red!