Bracebridge residents assessing damage after storm ripped through Muskoka

Residents in Bracebridge were walloped with a major storm Wednesday evening, June 10, leaving power outages and significant damage to property across town.

Emilie Gairdner Shaw, who lives on Golden Beach Road, said the storm came so fast she and her family hardly had time to run for cover.

The inside of her barn is now exposed after the storm demolished its upper half, and the windows in her home are broken, leaving shards of glass lying on the ground.

“The destruction is overwhelming, to say the least,” Gairdner Shaw said, adding no one was injured.

Residents posted to social media documenting downed trees and roadblocks caused by scattered branches.

One person was even searching for a trampoline missing from their yard.

“It was like a roller-coaster, that energy,” said Bracebridge resident Tim Bennett. “It was actually quite amazing.”

Bennett, who lives on Covered Bridge Trail, said the storm rolled in around 8 p.m. He said the dark low-lying clouds, which he estimates were roughly 100 feet away, caught his attention.

Bennett said he lost power to his home immediately.

Just before hitting record on his iPhone, he looked to the horizon and saw what he thought was a tornado-like swirl. “It was insane,” he said.

Heavy rainfall followed but only lasted about five minutes, he added.

On his way to work Thursday morning, trees littered the street and one house was missing many of its shingles, Bennett said.

“We didn’t experience any kind of damage at all, but the houses down the street certainly did.”

Environment Canada reported winds as high as 102 kilometres per hour at one point Wednesday evening.

At the time of this writing, Kristyn Anthony was a Local Journalism Initiative reporter, funded by the Government of Canada.

Kristyn Anthony, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, muskokaregion.com