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Gone with the Wind

Heritage Village experienced hurricane force winds on April 28, 2011 reaching 124 km/hr in the Niagara Peninsula. Gone are some iconic cupolas.wind storm

Many shingled roofs dating pre 1996 were damaged as were aluminium and vinyl sidings.  Sadly, we lost several of our horse vanes and cupolas – the architectural link to our Mennonite roots.  Several trees were uprooted –  one crushed a fence on Kerry Court. The clubhouse roof railing also took a hit.  Power was out over a large area for about 3 days.

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 Our neighbours suffered worse – a West Lincoln man was killed by a flying barn door, and a St. Catharines man was crushed in his car, by a falling tree.  Victoria Avenue displayed the force of nature in a string of snapped hydro poles and uprooted evergreens. The Skyway Bridge in St. Catharines and Burlington Skyway in both directions were shut down because of truck accidents – as was the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge.  Even the Welland Canal was shut because of high winds.

The winds in southern Ontario reached Hurricane force, but our American neighbours had it tougher. April 25 to 28, 2011 is known as 2011 Super Outbreak, being the largest tornado outbreak ever recorded: April 27 being the fifth deadliest tornado day in USA history.  Some  292 destructive twisters in 16 states covered the South, Midwest and Northeast with 4 tornadoes rated the maximum EF5 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Some 346 people were killed and $10 billion in damages estimated.  Tornadoes are measured for their damages, only roughly correlated to wind speeds, on an EF scale from 0 to 5. Alas, the damage from our April winds would fall only under category EF0. On the Beaufort Scale, used by mariners, we reached a 12.  Doesn't that blow you away!  Here’s a guide  for Coffee Morning gossip, when talking about wind: Wind Speed Chart

 Further Reading:

  

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3100177

http://www.ontariostorms.com/faq.php    

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_25%E2%80%9328,_2011_tornado_outbreak

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enhanced_Fujita_Scale  

 

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