On Sunday, August 21, 2011, a strong EF2 or weak EF3 tornado with winds around 130-150 miles per hour, struck parts of Goderich, Ontario killing one person and injuring at least 37 people.
A series of storms formed over southern Ontario Sunday afternoon on August 21, 2011. These storms were producing strong winds in excess of 60 mph, large hail, and unfortunately, a few tornadoes. Around 4:00pm, Ontario provincial police reported a tornado approaching the city of Goderich. The strong EF2 tornado struck the downtown area of Goderich with winds of at least 130 mph. Roofs were torn off buildings and bricks were thrown in the streets. The city of Goderich declared a state of emergency after the tornado quickly tore through the town. Many residents were taken by surprise from this tornado, and will likely go down as one of the strongest tornadoes to hit the city in decades.
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Matt Daniel is Meteorologist for WBRC in Birmingham, Alabama. A self-described "big weather and music geek," Matt has a passion for helping to keep people safe when severe weather strikes and says if you don't have a NOAA Weather Radio ... you should get one.