1906 - CYCLONE STRIKES OTTAWA.
Churches Partially Unroofed and Windows Broken.
Ottawa, Aug. 6. - A cyclone struck Ottawa at 6 o'clock last night and left thousands of dollars of damage in its wake.
The day was very hot and towards 6 o'clock a funnel shaped cloud swooped over the city with awful force accompanied by a torrential rain. Awnings were twisted into every shape and driven through plate glass windows, many hurled dollars worth of glass being broken into fragments and much damage being done to goods in windows.
Part of the roof of St. Jean Baptiste church was picked up and blown across the road a considerable distance while part of the tower of St. Andrew's church went tumbling to the ground. Trees were uplifted and branches broken off and thrown through the air like shavings.
During the height of the storm lightning struck the house of Mr. John Davis, Clarence st., and before the fire was subdued three families were burned out, the loss being $6,000, covered by insurance.
Barnum & Bailey's circus had just reached town and the storm struck the horse tents with great force, inflicting damage estimated at $5,000.
St. Albans Daily Messenger
St. Albans, Vermont
August 6, 1906
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