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Two tornadoes confirmed in southwestern Ontario on Friday

13 Août 2017

Environment Canada has confirmed that a tornado ripped through the Leamington and Wheatley-area Friday night.

"Farm buildings and sheds were damaged with one anchored shed completely destroyed. Farm equipment weighing over a ton was knocked over including a fork lift, a metal press and a grain drill", the agency said, adding that maximum winds were estimated as 180 km/h.

EC says as the storms moved through lower MI across Essex County and reached Leamington near 5.40 PM, photographs taken at that time support the confirmation of an EF-0 tornado with maximum winds of 130 km/h.

He says that the extent of the damage suggests the weather in Hawkesville was more serious than that in Leamington.

The track is estimated at about 5 kilometres.

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"That looks like a tornado to me", said Rob Kuhn, a severe weather meteorologist with Environment Canada, of photos snapped by residents. "Power lines were snapped".

Fortunately, no injuries have been reported from either tornado.

"There's a mess of glass everywhere", Epp said.

The confirmed tornadoes brings the count to nine in southwestern Ontario so far this year.

He said the region typically sees about 14 tornadoes in a year.

Two tornadoes confirmed in southwestern Ontario on Friday