NORTH DURHAM: In spite of extensive damage throughout the area following an intense storm on the evening of Sunday, Aug. 3, officials with Environment Canada could not confirm if a tornado had touched down.
Debris was scattered around the property at Green Tractors in Utica following Sunday’s storm. Two buildings on the property were destroyed, with one flung over a fence after being lifted several feet,
“We received reports of trees down in several areas in Northern Durham Region after heavy winds and rain,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Haizhen Sun. “But, we don’t believe that there were any tornadoes in that area.”
However, some area residents believe that the damage caused could have only come from a tornado.
“Things don’t get tossed around like that in straight line winds. The gates were bent out two feet against the wind,” local resident Rob Ashton told The Standard.
Across the road from Green Tractors, the Coach House Studio came through the storm with only some damage to its roof.
“This building has been here since 1894, and it’s survived fire and now, a tornado,” said owner Laura Gray, adding that several sheds on the property came through the storm unscathed.
Environment Canada added that damage appeared to be concentrated in the northwest portion of the region. The storm also caused several road closures. Hwy. 12, between Greenbank and Saintfield was closed for repairs on Sunday evening through most of the day on Monday, as crews worked to repair downed power lines and several snapped hydro poles from Hwy. 47 to Durham Rd. 6.
Crews were still on the scene along Hwy. 12 on Tuesday morning continuing clean-up efforts, although the road had re-opened to traffic.
In Uxbridge, a number of large trees were knocked down in the Sandy Hook area during Sunday’s storm, including several at the Fields of Uxbridge soccer complex.
The storm also knocked out power to many homes in North Durham, with some residents still in the dark as of Tuesday morning.