UPDATE: Storm batters Cornwall area, trees snapped

Published on July 19, 2013

CORNWALL, Ontario - A powerful thunderstorm ripped into the Cornwall area Friday evening, with reports coming in of downed branches and snapped trees.

One tree, at a Pescod Avenue home, was snapped at its base, while in other parts of the city branches littered the ground.

There was fear that a tornado may spin its way through the region, though there have been no reports of such powerful weather as of 7 p.m.

Strong winds blew throughout the day Friday, in advance of the storm that struck around 6 p.m.

Environment Canada issued a storm warning, and tornado watch, which ended Friday evening.

At 4:20 p.m., meteorologists were tracking a line of severe thunderstorms extending from southern Lake Huron through Lake Simcoe and east northeastward to the southern Ottawa Valley.

A roof has been reported blown down in the Petawawa area and trees have been blown down. Wind damage has been reported in Petawawa, Pembroke, Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Barrie, and Coldwater.

Tree snapped on Pescod Avenue.