On June 23 a tornado hit Midland, Ontario at approximately 6:50 p.m. damaging several businesses along King St., knocking down power lines, creating gas leaks and cutting power to parts of the town. However, local marinas report coming through the tornado mostly unscathed.
“It didn't hit the marina,” says Emma Emms, sales and parts department for Bayport Marina. Emms has been fielding a swarm of calls following the tornado, reassuring customers that their boats are unharmed. “Smith's Camp trailer park, a car wash and a Honda Dealership got hit hard. Basically [the tornado] went down King St.”
Doral Marine Resort staff report that they are unaware of any damage to boats at the marina at this time. However, they did say that one of their dock boxes was blown into the water.
“Nothing at all here,” says Bert DesRochers, Owner of Central Marine. “Down here we noticed a little bit of wind. It seemed to miss everything except that south end of town.”
The Town of Midland says that some roads remain closed and power has not yet been fully restored. An evacuation centre has been set up at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre.