Tornado Disaster Preparedness
There was little indication that day of the severe weather that was yet to come. Both Environment Canada in Toronto and the Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma outlined the risk for non-severe thunderstorms that day across the lower Great Lakes. The 2011 Goderich, Ontario tornado (rated as an F3 on the Fujita Scale) was caused by an isolated supercell which unexpectedly tore across Huron County Ontario on the afternoon of Sunday, August 21, 2011. Beginning as a tornadic waterspout over Lake Huron the tornado ripped through the lakeside town of Goderich severely damaging the historic downtown and homes in the surrounding area. One person died and 37 more were injured as a result. This was the strongest tornado to hit Ontario in over fifteen years, since the April 20, 1996, tornado outbreak in Williamsford, Arthur and Viloet Hill.
BEFORE A TORNADO
- Prepare an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. (Click Here)
- Listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television newscasts. Heed instructions given by local emergency management officials.
- Be alert to changing weather conditions and watch for approaching storms.
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Danger Signs Include:
- Dark, often greenish sky
- Large hail
- A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
- Loud roar, similar to a freight train.
- If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.