1957-Audrey

† (15 Canadian fatalities)

Legend of sources

Audrey made landfall over Ontario as a tropical storm with winds of 93 km/h (50 knots) in the early morning hours of June 29th.

Audrey originated in the Gulf of Mexico between the Yucatan Peninsula and the Mexico mainland on June 25, 1957. At Audrey’s maximum strength, it was a category four hurricane with winds of 230 km/h (125 knots). Audrey entered the CHC Response Zone as a tropical depression on June 28th and strengthened to a tropical storm inside the CHC Response Zone. Audrey entered Ontario, through Lake Ontario, just after midnight on July 29th, with winds of 93 km/h (50 knots). In Ontario, one boy was drowned in raging water in Toronto and another two adults were killed when their car hydroplaned. Five people died in Ontario. Ten people were killed in Montreal. Nine of the ten were killed in car accidents caused by the storm. There were also two people injured in the storm. Hurricane Audrey diminished on June 29th.

Ontario

June 29, 1957

  • A two year old boy drown in raging waters in the Toronto area (TS)
  • Two other deaths occurred when a man and his wife were in their car that collided with another car caused by hydroplaning (TS)
  • Rainwater carried sand across streetcar tracks and derailed two cars (TS)

July 2, 1957

  • A man died in a car accident caused by poor road conditions in Northport (TS)
  • Five deaths total from storm in Ontario (TS)
  • A firefighter and another car occupant round out the five deaths (TS)
  • Two injured people from storm (TS)
  • 65 cottagers were isolated in a park because of washed out roads (TS)
  • 24 washouts on the Ontario Northland Railway and 20 families had to be evacuated in North Bay (TS)

July 4, 1957

  • Estimates were made that it cost Metro $25,000 everyday rainfall is heavy (TS)

July 5, 1957

  • Six people were stranded for four nights in Algonquin Park because of swollen rivers and down trees on roads (TS)

Quebec

July 1, 1957

  • 10 died in the Montreal district, nine of them in traffic mishaps (MG)
  • More than $3,000 worth of damage was done to boats in Magog (MG)
  • This storm was the worst in 20 years (MG)
  • Power in the Saraguay region was out for days and this area suffered the worst of the power damage in the province (MG)
  • At least 100 properties were damaged by water (MG)