‘Significant’ damage in southern Barrie after tornado warnings issued for several areas – .

‘Significant’ damage in southern Barrie after tornado warnings issued for several areas – .

There are several reports of severe damage in the southern end of Barrie after Environment Canada issued tornado warnings for several areas near Lake Simcoe.

Photos and videos posted on social media appeared to show widespread damage to homes, especially on the southern outskirts of Barrie.

“There was a major weather event that happened. This indicates tornado activity, ”Barrie Police Department spokesperson Jennett Mays told Global News, adding that it will be up to Environment Canada teams to confirm whether the damage was caused by a tornado.

“There is a significant amount of damage in the south of the city. “

Mays said property damage ranges from blown shingles on roofs to larger structural damage and overturned vehicles. There have been no reports of people suffering serious physical injuries.

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The most significant damage appeared to be concentrated around Prince William Way and Mapleview Drive East.

Mays urged residents who do not live in the area to stay away as Barrie Police officers, the Ontario Provincial Police, and crews from other emergency services attempt to access the community and return home.

For those in need of assistance, authorities have encouraged people to go to St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic School on Prince William Way, where a command center has been established.

A South Simcoe Police update on Twitter said the service had received reports of property damage in northeast Innisfil.

GO Transit has suspended service at the two GO stations in Barrie due to damaged crossings.

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Environment Canada issued an initial alert just before 2:50 p.m. indicating that meteorologists were tracking a severe storm near Innisfil. The storm was moving east at about 65 km / h.

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Residents of the area as well as those of Beaverton, Georgina, Sutton, Sibbald Point Provincial Park, Georgina Island, Sunset Beach, Pefferlaw, as well as areas close to Dufferin County, have been invited to join in. immediately safe.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., the warnings for communities in northern York Region and Durham were dropped.

However, at 4:25 p.m., another warning was issued for the Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes areas.

An Environment Canada spokesperson said Global News teams were deployed to the area to assess the damage.

Premier Doug Ford posted a message on Twitter Wednesday afternoon thanking first responders for their work on the ground.

It’s a developing story that will be updated throughout the afternoon.

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