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Stewiacke, N.S. left cleaning up after storm downs trees, destroys barn

A damaging storm swept through Stewiacke, N.S. on June 30, 2021. The barn pictured here was completely destroyed. Submitted

A storm that struck Stewiacke, N.S. on Wednesday afternoon left behind a trail of damage and destruction — leaving residents still cleaning up one day later.

The storm cell made its way through the area at around 3 p.m.

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There was a severe thunderstorm warning at the time, said to potentially bring wind gusts of up to 90 km/h.

Photos and videos posted on social media show strong winds, intense rain and hail during the storm, as well as uprooted trees and a destroyed barn in the aftermath.

One resident who shared a photo of the remnants of a barn with Global News said there were no injuries, but the debris was blown right across a field.

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The Stewiacke Fire Department said it responded to seven calls in under two hours. The calls included downed power lines, trees on fire close to homes, railways blocked and a house struck by lightning.

An uprooted tree in Stewiacke, N.S. after the storm on June 30, 2021. Neil Benedict/Global News

Michelle Anthony says the storm came without warning, but was quick. She says she and her husband were sitting on the deck when the skies suddenly darkened.

“I felt a few splats and before I could get up out of my chair, the skies opened up,” she said.

“My husband and I ran into the house and the winds picked up and the trees started bending.”

Video captured by Anthony shows the intensity of the storm.

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Her power cut off briefly.

“When it stopped, we went around to the front of the house to see my neighbours’ two large maple trees had fallen on their house and the neighbours across the street had a beautiful russet apple tree uprooted,” she said.

“Thank goodness that tree fell towards the street and not on their house.”

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