Tornado Confirmed In Leamington Area

A farm building and machinery show damage after a severe storm and reported tornado tore through the countryside near Hawkesville Ont. on Friday Aug. 11 2017

Tornado Confirmed In Leamington Area

Environment Canada is investigating two possible tornadoes that may have touched down in southwestern Ontario Friday night.

"Farm buildings and sheds were damaged, with one anchored shed completely destroyed", the statement said. "Farm equipment weighing over a ton was knocked over including a fork lift, a metal press and grain drill".

"We have confirmed it as an EF-0 tornado, with maximum winds at 230 km per hour". The tornado damaged solar panels and a greenhouse.

"Power lines were snapped and continuous lightning was associated with the twister".

The track is estimated at about 5 kilometres.

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Fortunately, no injuries have been reported from either tornado.

Meteorologist Rob Kuhn says the agency is looking into what it calls a "probable tornado" in Leamington after photos of a funnel cloud surfaced online.

Kuhn said it appeared from the photos that debris was being picked up by the funnel cloud.

Last year, two tornadoes tore through parts of Windsor and neighbouring LaSalle, leaving destruction in their paths.

The tornadoes were the worst to strike the region in the previous five years, according to Environment Canada.

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