Presumed Tornado Touches Down in Barrie, Causing Significant Damage
People in parts of Barrie are picking up the pieces after an apparent tornado touched down in the city this afternoon.
Though details are still emerging, we know the storm touched down in the Yonge Street and Prince William area at around 2:30 pm. While injuries are not yet known, we do know that the severe weather resulted in significant damage to buildings and backyards.
In advance of the weather, Environment Canada issued a tornado warning for the region.
#BarriePolice are responding to multiple reports of damage in southeast Barrie and are currently on scene. Updates will be provided when available.— Barrie Police (@BarriePolice) July 15, 2021
There have been major damages to residential structures (including one home that lost its entire upper level) and trees and power lines have been knocked down in the area. The severe weather has also resulted in power outages for many in the neighbourhood.
Praying that everyone is ok. A tornado just went through Barrie and this is damage 5 minutes from me in the area of my previous home!— CarolAnn🌻💕 (@CarolAn20180928) July 15, 2021
Mapleview and Yonge all the way down to Prince William Way. Praying for those that have been devastated by this tornado #Barrie🇨🇦 #tornado pic.twitter.com/zg6466w7Yh
One Barrie resident captured the terrifying moment the tornado seemed to touch down:
For updates on the evolving situation, check the City of Barrie Twitter account.
Lead photo via Brandon Vieira/Twitter