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† (3 Canadian fatalities)

Legend of sources

Connie made landfall in Ontario as a tropical depression with winds of 56 km/h on August 14.

Connie developed into a hurricane off the Cape Verde Islands on August 3, 1955. This large category four hurricane had winds of 232km/h. Connie tracked north, making landfall in New England on August 14 and moved into Ontario through Lake Erie as a 56km/h tropical depression near midnight August 13 and August 14. Three casualties were reported and damage to property in Ontario was great. The storm quickly lessened and was no longer visible on August 15th near Elliot Lake, Ontario.


August 15, 1955

  • One man drowned after being swept into Lake Ontario from Toronto harbour (MG)
  • One man drowned in Haliburton Lake (TS)
  • The fishing vessel, Irac went down in Lake Erie, one man drowned (TS)
  • 75 km/h winds and 65 mm of rain to the Great Lakes (TS)
  • $20,000 naval harbour tug sunk near Hamilton (TS)
  • 25 small motor boats and two sail boats were destroyed in the Burlington area (TS)
  • Heavy damage to tobacco farms in Elgin County (MG)
  • Tents blown down that were set up for the Jamboree Scout Camp at Niagara-on-the-Lake (MG)
  • Lady spent 22 hours in Lake Ontario, but survived (TS)
  • Five cottages destroyed at Van Wagner’s Beach and one cottage damaged on Crescent Beach (TS)
  • Cottages damaged in Hamilton area by 3.6 m (12 ft) waves (TS)
  • Power outages through out southern Ontario (TS)
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