Storm was severe, but not a tornado

first_imgStrong winds from a severe storm on Sunday, snapped two hydro poles east of Chatham along Longwoods Road between Louisville and Kent Bridge. Ellwood Shreve/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network KENT BRIDGE – Environment Canada reports there was no confirmation of a tornado in Chatham-Kent late Sunday afternoon, but it sure felt like one to Margaret Wall and her family.The damage caused by the tree limbs that crashed onto the roof of her home – recently renovated by Wall and husband Dave Wall – also led her to believe a tornado went through this small hamlet, east of Chatham.The renovated home, which they plan to rent as an Airbnb, is located across the road from their residence on Longwoods Road in Kent Bridge.Wall said the storm came on suddenly.“We were going to go for a walk,” she said, adding it was quiet and still outside.As soon as her husband came to the door to come outside, “we started to see this big storm and rain and objects being thrown in the air,” she said.Wall said they “ran as fast as a family could” to take cover in their basement.In their rush to find shelter, they didn’t see a funnel cloud. “We couldn’t see anything because it felt like we were under the ocean. All the windows were just covered with water going sideways,” she said.After the storm blew through the area, they came upstairs to find the damage caused to their rental property, as well as several trees that were snapped in half in their yard.“It goes to show how fast it can just disappear. It’s just a very good eye-opener for us that we should spend our time in having quality time with our family,” said Wall, noting they invested a lot of time and money into the rental property. She added the experience “ just makes us love God all the more because we see how powerful God is.”Environment Canada meteorologist Peter Kimbell said the tornado warning issued between 5:30 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. Sunday for the area was “radar-based.”He added there was “no confirmation of anything of substance.”As far as the storm that went through on Sunday, “rain seems to have been the biggest issue,” Kimbell said.Ridgetown recorded 75 millimetres of rain, he said, noting that included some rain that fell overnight Saturday. He added there was a report of 66 millimetres of rainfall in the Dover Centre area on Sunday.An updated flood watch from the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority on Monday afternoon stated several areas received more than 100 millimetres of rain during the series of thunderstorms that passed through the region on Sunday.With more thunderstorms forecast overnight Monday, the conservation authority warned there could be further flooding.The average mean temperature, so far this month, recorded at Environment Canada’s Ridgetown weather station, is 22.4 C, up nearly a degree from the average of 21.5 C, Kimbell said.He said 160 millimetres of rain has been recorded so far at Ridgetown in July, adding normal rainfall for the month is 92.8 millimetres.“Ridgetown, in particular, has experienced a lot of rain this month,” Kimbell said.He added that has been largely influenced by the 75 millimetres recorded on the [email protected]@DailyNewsES Ellwood Shreve / Ellwood Shreve/The Daily News Ellwood Shreve / Ellwood Shreve/The Daily News These are among the many trees in Kent Bridge that were damaged by strong winds when a severe storm blew through on Sunday. Ellwood Shreve/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Networklast_img

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