Tornado rips 'Canada's Prettiest Town'

Aug. 22, 2011 at 4:34 PM
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GODERICH, Ontario, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- People in Goderich were picking up the pieces Monday, the day after a tornado hit the Ontario community of 8,000 whose motto is "Canada's Prettiest Town."

The storm killed one man and injured about 40 other people.

The Windsor Star reported Environment Canada said the twister that slammed Goderich at about 4 p.m. Sunday was either a high-end F2 or low-end F3 storm.

The damage from the tornado, which ripped through the town in just a few minutes, was extensive, the newspaper said.

"Our neighbor's roof actually came by our house and is in our back yard," Kathy Lorentz-Hare told the Star. "We've got sinks and everything all over our streets. We had a major gas leak outside of our house, so we were evacuated."

The twister also flipped cars, toppled trees and destroyed homes and other buildings.

"It is horrific, there are no words to describe it," Lorentz-Hare said. "One minute you have a beautiful scenic town, and the next minute it's like tooth picks everywhere."

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