'Swirling' wind storm hits Grand Lake area property
Trees downed, vehicle damaged by sudden storm Sunday afternoon
A squall knocked down mature trees and sent lawn chairs flying in circles Sunday afternoon at a cottage on Grand Lake owned by Helen Dykeman and Gabe Gibson.
"What struck me most was the swirling wind on the lawn," said Dykeman, a summer resident of 17 Pinecone Lane in Waterborough.
"It was tossing the lawn furniture and branches off the trees around in a circle."
That's when Dykeman noticed trees going down. Six cedars and oaks were either uprooted or broken off, she said.
The violent gust was localized, seeming to target the Dykeman and Gibson property and only breezing by their neighbours.
Dykeman said she'd heard a weather warning and was looking across the lake for approaching rain, when a violent wind and hailstones suddenly hit.
It happened so quickly, she said, she didn't have time to react.
The squall lasted only two or three minutes, Dykeman said.
When the wind subsided, the sun came out.
"I was I guess quite shocked when it happened and realized that we'd been struck with something." she said.
Environment Canada meteorologists, including a severe weather specialist in Halifax, have analyzed radar imagery along with Dykeman's photographs and her account of the storm, and do not believe it was a tornado.
"It looks like it was a severe thunderstorm, but there was no tornadic activity," said Claude Côté.
It was perhaps just some weaker trees and very strong wind gusts, he said.