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June 24, 2010

And now for something completely different...

Yesterday around 1:45 pm we were rocked by a rather strong earthquake. That's pretty rare here in central Ontario. Our walls shook. Windows rattled and our porch roof undulated. Objects fell. Turns out a 5.5 earthquake hit outside of Ottawa and was felt for quite a way.

Okay we recovered from that excitement. A few hours later hubby headed into town to get our daily treat of coffee from Tim Hortons, plus a quick run into WalMart for a few groceries. The weather was nasty and about 15 minutes after he got home a tornado struck. Cars in the WalMart parking lot were flipped upside down. Shopping carts flew through the air. The tornado continued into downtown Midland and destroyed a trailer park. It flipped tractor trailer trucks where my sister-in-law works. Roofs were torn off businesses and walls of buildings collapsed. Power lines came down as did large trees. The tornado continued on down highway 12 tearing down walls and roofs from factories along the way. It passed within a mile of our home and hubby actually saw the storm race past us. Read more about the tornado and view photos here

Midland declared a state of emergency and we were all told to take shelter and stay inside. Power to almost 14,000 residents was lost and is still off. 200 people are homeless. 20 are in hospital. We were lucky. We still have power and no one was hurt.

Around 8 pm there was a severe weather warning for our area for hailstones and strong wind but that never materialized thank goodness.

But now for something completely different...thick fog started rolling in about 11 this morning. And the town is still cordoned off with highways closed. There were fears of a gas leak but that appears to be okay now.

This morning hubby and I tried to get to the other side of town to the Medical Centre so I could pick up my meds but no dice. It's okay as I have just enough until Monday.

But that is why this is not my usual blog post and why I missed writing one yesterday. I am thinking of those who lost homes or were injured and hoping they will be okay


Miriam said...

When it rains, it pours...

Hopefully, you got enough "events" to last you a long, long time!

Glad you and your hubby are safe and sound.

Genealogy said...

You know I heard about the EQ on FoxNews BUT there was nothing I heard about the tornado, except a video that sounded more like a tornado than an earthquake - now that you mentioned it! So sorry for your troubles :( there .

Debbie Blanton McCoy said...

Wow, what a day you had. So glad that you are ok.

Kathryn Lake said...

Greetings Lorine,

So glad to hear you and Brian are okay. Ontario sure is getting it's share of natural disasters - two tornados and an earthquake in one month! I think we're in for a wicked summer of wild weather.