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1997: Destructive tornado hits Williams Lake, Ontario


Staff writers
August 15, 2012 — It's been 15 years since a destructive tornado tore through Grey County in Ontario. Several homes and cottages were destroyed in Williams Lake.


Homes and cottages were completely destroyed in Williams Lake
Homes and cottages were completely destroyed in Williams Lake

On August 15, 1997, a tornado ripped through Grey County in Ontario, tearing apart farms and houses.

Williams Lake was hit especially hard. The tornado destroyed trees, flipped boats and damaged homes and cottages.

Miraculously, two men survived when the cottage they were in was picked up and thrown into the lake.

It was the second tornado to hit Williams Lake in 15 months.

On April 20, 1996, an F3 tornado struck the same place. One of two F3's to strike the province that day.

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