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Powerful downburst causes property damage in Brampton, Ontario

Cleanup efforts continue in downtown Brampton, Ont., after a suspected tornado touched down early Wednesday morning.

Cleanup efforts continue in downtown Brampton, Ont., after a suspected tornado touched down early Wednesday morning.


Nitish Bissonauth
Staff Writer

Thursday, May 30, 2013, 6:44 AM -

Environment Canada was called in to investigate reports of a possible tornado in Brampton, Ontario early Wednesday morning. 

Eye witnesses saw swirling funnel clouds and there are now confirmed reports of property damage. The high winds damaged an unoccupied warehouse, causing a wall to collapse and a hydro pole was snapped in half on Wellington Street. 

Heavy rainfall also added to the mix with the fire department and police having to deal with flooding in the area.

On Wednesday afternoon, EC determined the damage was caused by strong downburst with winds up to 100 kph and not a tornado.

A downburst is defined as a "strong downward current of air from a cumulonimbus cloud, usually associated with intense rain or a thunderstorm." 

Localized flooding and multiple power outages were reported across southern Ontario Tuesday evening as thunderstorms punched through the region.

Environment Canada is calling for more rain on Wednesday

With files from Cheryl Santa Maria


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