(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A brief but intense storm passed through the region overnight, waking many to the sound of the Thunder. Thunder Bay definitely lived up to its name.
The severe thunderstorm watch was issued shortly after 2:00 am last night and remains in effect for the area. TRCCTB believes the watch will end anytime now, as there haven’t been any direct weather threats to Thunder Bay for hours.
TREE LANDS ON REAL CONCERNED CITIZENS TRUCK
Zach Marsh woke up to the snap-crackle-pop of the storm blasting a fury through his neighbourhood. When Marsh looked outside to see what the fuss was about, he quickly noted that the sky was indeed green, very similar to the storm that rocked the bay many years ago.
Not the type of man to curl up under the covers with a “thunder buddy” and wait the storm out, Marsh immediately went outside to get a closer inspection of the storm activity. Once he was outside, he glanced over at his truck and noticed something was off.
The storm had snapped a nearby tree, resulting in the vegetation coming to rest on his Toyota’s hood. Marsh states that “there were at least 300 pounds of pressure on the hood,” After some work to remove the storm debris, the Toyota appears to be “a-ok” according to Marsh.
VIDEO OF THE STORM
Rain White submitted a video to our page, that shows the downpour in her area of our region. The video below shows a light green sky, some lightning flashes, along with heavy rain and muddy puddles.
Power outages are almost an expected part of a good thunderstorm, with all the electrical activity occurring, it would be somewhat odd if a power loss was not endured in at least one location of the city.
Multiple residents in County Park reported that their power had been off, if only for a brief 10-15 minutes. Thunder Bay Hydro did not report on this specific outage, so we will assume it was minor enough, and resolved quick enough, that a tweet wasn’t warranted.
Downtown Port Arthur we also heard reports that a power loss was suffered by multiple businesses, including the government building at the corner of Water street and Red River road.
Fort William First Nation suffered a localized power outage around the area of Bannon’s Gas Bar, that power loss is still ongoing.
There were also various other short-lived power losses throughout the city, if you have any details about power outages in the city, please contact us through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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