Storm devastates Magna Bay Resort

By Jill Sperling
September 18, 2016 - 7:49am Updated: September 19, 2016 - 12:24pm

MAGNA BAY, B.C. — A huge storm rolled through Magna Bay Resort Saturday evening, damaging homes and uprooting trees. 

Linda Dupray-O'Hearn was camping in the area and told CFJC Today the storm hit the region around 7:30 p.m. She said it felt like a tornado.

"Exactly like a tornado - felt like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz when running to our campsite - height of storm lasted about 15 minutes," Dupray-O'Hearn said.

Trees blocked roads, trapping people from leaving the area Sunday morning. 

Lisa West, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, says squalls developed in a large section of the province Saturday evening, with the strongest cell moving over the Magna Bay area.

She said the storm created local intense winds with gusts around 70-80 km/hr. 

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