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Monday night wind storm damages properties in Arthur, Rothsay

No injuries were reported

ROTHSAY – A severe storm blew the roofs off some properties in Wellington County earlier this week.

The Northern Tornadoes Project (NTP), created by Western University, has found evidence of at least one microburst touching down in Rothsay in Mapleton on Monday evening. 

Similar to a small tornado, a microburst is a column of downward-moving air within a storm that is usually less than or equal to 2.5 miles in diameter. 

According to the group, the microburst caused damage to the roof and walls of an outbuilding and some trees on a property southeast of Teviotdale during the storm. 

The group believes the storm is responsible for the outbuilding walls collapsing and the roof being rotated and set down on an adjacent structure to the east. 

No injuries were reported.

The Rothsay microburst was rated an EF0, which means it had a wind speed of at least 90 km/h. 

The NTP said the estimated maximum wind speed was 130 km/hour. 

The NTP is also investigating some structural wind damage identified in the Arthur area following the storm. 

Isabel Buckmaster is the Local Journalism Initiative reporter for GuelphToday. LJI is a federally-funded program.

About the Author: Isabel Buckmaster, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Isabel Buckmaster covers Wellington County under the Local Journalism Initiative, which is funded by the Government of Canada
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