A windstorm hits Sault Ste. Married

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A sharp cold front associated with an upper level low struck Sault Ste. Marie around 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, causing trees to snap, power outages and damage to a trailer park east of town.

An uprooted tree at Golf de Sault

Photos circulating online from the Bell’s Point trailer park on the eastern edge of town show trees uprooted, some snapped and many landing on RVs and trailers. Several trailers sustained significant damage. Many campers had to leave their pitches.

Downed trees at Bell’s Point damaged several trailers

Environment Canada reports wind gusts of 57 km/h in Sault Ste. Marie Airport at 3 p.m.

No wind warnings were issued at this time.

More than 600 PUC customers were without power for several hours in the P-Patch area. Most customers were reinstated by Friday evening.

The cold front quickly caused temperatures to drop by 2°C in a matter of minutes. Colder temperatures will settle in the region this evening, dropping to just below zero. The winds, mainly from the northwest, will eventually subside overnight.

The upper-level low allows colder air to rush over the land’s surface, causing a downdraft that can increase winds almost instantly as the cold front passes. Interestingly, the same upper low produced heavy snow showers and strong winds Thursday in northern Manitoba.

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Craig Huckerby is a seasoned broadcast and media professional with over 38 years of experience in local media. Starting out in television, Craig became known as “the weather guy” on local television before becoming the Internet media pioneer in Sault. Craig is credited with bringing local television back to the Sault via the Internet in 2003 with LTVNEWS.COM and was instrumental in launching SooNews.ca and Local2.ca. Craig is excited to be part of Sault’s brand new media team consisting of ONNtv and SaultOnline.com

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