Genevieve L. Sales (Herald Vulcan Correspondent)

Friday, July 8th, 1927 is a date that still lingers in the memory of many Vulcan and district residents; for that is the day that the town was struck by a tornado!

They remember that Vulcan was celebrating Dominion Day one week late because July 1st had been rained out . Late in the afternoon. When the day’s program was nearly completed the last ball game had to be called because of a sudden shower following a day of intense heat.

The crowd gathered in the town streets and eating places and suddenly noticed a most peculiar cloud in the southwest sky. The cloud resembled in its early stages an elongated top: a top that whirled ever nearer, but not rapidly. People in the street watched the monster with keen interest but no fear. some even went to take pictures of the phenomenon, these shown were taken by F. M. Anderson a local businessman. the lack of panic was probably due to the fact that many, never having experienced anything of this nature, simply failed to realize their danger. Others acquainted with the destructive powers of the ever-nearing cloud sought shelter in cellars and dugouts.

For a time it appeared that the town was squarely in the path of the oncoming twister; that nothing could survive. However, after whirling itself across farm and wreaking unbelievable havoc. the tornado by-passed the town for a few minutes only to double back and strike savagely at the southern area.

During the brief period between the time the twister passed by and returned, an unearthly quiet prevailed, with not a breath of wind, during which huge, jagged chunks of ice, fully as big as baseballs, fell straight on out of the sky and bounced over the ground as if thrown by a giant hand.

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