Severe Storms hit Ontario last night!
Weather service bureaus said such weather’s rare this late in the year, but that strong winds coupled with temperatures in the 60F and 70F degrees temperatures spawned Sunday’s wind storms here in Ontario and tornadoes in Illinois, US.
After watching the Santa Claus Parade, re-broadcast early evening when the early afternoon parade downtown was over, the predicted rain held on until after the last float passed by. We had dinner then I went to bed early knowing that there was going to be a thunderstorm and wind warnings for eastern areas at Southern Ontario with Peak Wind Gusts from 84 kph to 106 kph in the South, but in the North it’s a different story since they had snow warnings. Power outages happened a few times during the night at the height of the wind storm but it comes back after a few minutes.
Winter in Downtown Toronto, Canada
The howling winds kept me awake all night and the noise of things outside scattering all over the place was disturbing. I knew that I was in a safe haven at home in my warm bedroom but what bothered me was the thought that last week in the Philippine Islands, they experienced the worst and strongest super typhoon ever to touchdown in our planet. They’ve lost their homes and some of them lost their precious lives because of the few meters high storm surge* that swept through the islands that were directly on the path of the super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Knowing that aid and relief help coming slowly together so they can survive and pick up the pieces of their lives strewn over and destroyed completely by the powerful Yolanda super typhoon has appeased my mind. I still worry what will ever happen to all of them in the future. For now survival is the main concern and hopefully they will find peace and compassion in all these commotions and tragedy. We will rise again as a nation united by tragedy and this time stronger and braver!
*Definition of Storm surge: It is an abnormal rise of water generated by a storm, over and above the predicted astronomical tide.