'I’ve never seen wind or rain like that:' Storm destroys barns on farm near Smiths Falls

By Taylor Blewett, Ottawa Citizen, August 30, 2018

In a matter of minutes Wednesday afternoon, a vicious storm ripped through the Campbell family farm near Smiths Falls, downing power lines, ripping posts from fences and destroying two 40-year-old barns on the rural property.

“Picked one up and took it across 15 acres, and I think just twisted up the other one — they’re both totally demolished,” Rob Campbell said. Luckily, no one was on the property at the time, save the cows in the barn that was lifted up, and the horses in the field where its wreckage dropped. They were spooked, but unharmed, he said.

(...)After surveying the wreckage and viewing footage from the Campbell’s security cameras that shows the storm moving through, Ramage said he believes it was a weather phenomenon called a “microburst” that hit the farm just after 1 p.m.


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