World Bulletin / News Desk
A swirling mass of thunder and lightning ripped through the central Ontario community of Angus on Tuesday evening which blew out windows, tore up fences and sheared off the tops of some homes but caused no serious injuries.
Police said at least 20 to 30 homes sustained "significant damage" in the community about 100 kilometres north of Toronto.
"I think people are very shocked by what has happened, which is totally understandable. They are relieved that nobody's hurt besides scratches and things like that," said councillor Keith White, whose ward saw the worst damage.
"Generally people seem to be taking it calmly because they understand that there's no physical, human injuries or casualties."
Environment Canada's Rob Kuhn confirmed Tuesday night that it was a tornado that struck Angus.
Christopher Bentley, who lived on the street which appeared to have sustained the worst damage, said his own home had been spared but his neighbour's home and a house across the street had been badly hit by what could have been a tornado.
"The first levels have been sheared right off, the top level of the houses," he said. "Normally you see a two-storey house with a peaked roof, now it's one level, straight across."
Police officers, firefighters and paramedics were going door-to-door in the affected area Tuesday night to make sure no one was in need of help.
"The primary focus right now is addressing those homes where we have individuals that could be still in a residence," said Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Peter Leon. "We want to make sure that nobody's trapped."
Earlier in the day, a severe thunderstorm led to four people being hit by lightning at a golf course north of Toronto.
Police said a 51-year-old man from Thornhill, and two Toronto men — aged 53 and 56 — were in stable condition, while a 60-year-old-man from Richmond Hill was in critical condition.Last Mod: 18 Haziran 2014, 11:15