Environment Canada confirms tornado near Leamington
Published Friday, August 11, 2017 6:07PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, August 13, 2017 4:33PM EDT
Environment Canada confirms two tornadoes touched down in southwestern Ontario during Friday's storm, including one near Leamington.
An Environment Canada assessment team made the determination without visiting Essex County.
Officials say they determined an EF-0 tornado, with maximum winds of 130 km/h, hit the Leamington area around 5:40 p.m. on Friday as the stormed moved across lower Michigan into Essex County.
An EF-0 tornado is considered the weakest on the Fujita scale, but the storm did damage solar panels and a greenhouse around the Thiessen Apple Orchard.
Andrew Thiessen tells CTV Windsor it could have been worse.
"There's not a tree tipped over, everything looks good,” says Thiessen. “We actually got some rain that we needed and yeah the orchards going to be ready to go in three weeks."
Shards of glass cover the property, so Thiessen admits it will take some time to clean it up.
"I looked out my front window and I could just hear this incredible, it just sounded like hail,” says resident Wendy Butt. “I opened my front door, it was raining glass.
An Environment Canada damage assessment team also confirmed an EF-2 tornado, with maximum winds estimated at 180 km/h, hit near Hawksville at about 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The tornado moved from west to east across Hawksville then to just south of Elmira and then toward the village of Maryhill, damaging farm buildings and sheds.
The track was estimated at about five kilometres, and one anchored shed was destroyed.
Farm equipment weighing over a ton was knocked over including a fork lift, a metal press and a grain drill. Power lines were snapped.
Fortunately, no injuries have been reported from either tornado.