Environment Canada confirms EF-0 tornado in Leamington

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 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", the statement said.

Farm equipment weighing over a ton was knocked over including a fork lift, a metal press and a grain drill.

Environment Canada estimated the track to be about 5 km. The tornado damaged solar panels and a greenhouse.

Severe Weather Meteorologist Rob Kuhn says the tornado was fairly minor, but did cause some damage.

"So right now, it's too early to confirm, but by the looks of eye-witness reports and radar, there could be a possible touchdown of a tornado slightly west of Hawkesville".

Dave Epp snapped pictures of the twister Friday from his home on Mersea Road 1, just east of Leamington. "I can't tell you how long it will be to get that cleaned up".

He says that if these two tornadoes are confirmed, it will bring the count this year up to nine in southwestern Ontario. The second touched down a short while later in Windsor near Walker Road, tracking eight kilometres.

Kuhn says tornadoes are common for this region.

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