Toronto hit hard by microburst
TORONTO — The National Weather Service said it was a microburst with wind speeds in excess of 60 mph that caused damage throughout the city Monday afternoon.
Fred McMullen, a weather service meteorologist in Moon Township, Pa., said the city was under a severe thunderstorm warning when the storm hit. But radar showed no rotation in the storm, which would have indicated a tornado, he noted.
“It hit us hard, but nowhere else,” said Mayor John Parker Monday evening. “The temperature also dropped like 10 degrees, maybe a little more, which is consistent with those types of weather events.”
A building on the 300 block of North Fourth Street lost its roof and part of the facade in the storm, and brick and other debris from the building littered the street and caused damage, some serious, to other buildings and businesses in that area.
Police Chief Randy Henry said the building was being used for storage by a local construction company.
“It is not a functioning storefront,” he noted.
Still Henry said he was surprised by the amount of damage.
“It is not a very old roof,” he added.
Police Capt. Rick Parker said the storm damage covered a large area. Some debris made it as far as Dicarlos Original Pizza located a block away on North Fourth Street, damaging the roof and causing rain to leak in.
The police chief described some of the damage throughout the rest of the city, saying there where trees down all throughout the city. And some trees in the TIMET parking lot fell on vehicles causing some damage. He also said a transformer on North Seventh Street blew, and utility wires where down in places.
As a result, power outages were reported in the city, and early today approximately 30 city residences were without power, according to officials. All power was expected to be restored by 10 a.m. today.
Henry said there where no serious injuries due to the storm.
“One lady who lost power cut her foot and fell,” he said. “(Toronto Emergency Services) took her to the ER.”
The mayor said it will probably take a few days to clean up the city, but he praised all the first responders for their dedication to the city.
“City crews have been out since 5 p.m.,” he said. “The police, volunteer firefighters, TEMS — everyone is working overtime. I want to thank them for all their hard work.”