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'Canada's Prettiest Town' hit by powerful tornado

Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP

Debbie Hakkers looks for possessions in the second floor bedroom of her tornado-ravaged house in Goderich, Ontario on Aug. 22, 2011. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said the province will help the town recover from the storm.

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GODERICH, Ontario - Cassandra Phillips-Grande, 16, was in a coffee shop in the town square when the wind
started to pick up.

"We saw tables and chairs outside of the cafe flying and then saw an SUV roll like a tumbleweed right in
front," she said, adding that everyone in the shop moved to the back of the building.

"About two seconds later we heard this really big crash and the roof collapsed in the spot where we had all
been," she said. "When we went outside we saw that some apartments had collapsed right in front of the cafe.” Read more…

Geoff Robins / The Canadian Press via AP

The sun sets on Goderich, Ontario after a tornado ripped through downtown on Sunday. Downtown businesses, century old buildings and several churches lost their roofs and upper floors as a powerful storm went through town.

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