Environment Canada confirms two tornadoes in southwestern Ontario

Lester Mason
August 13, 2017

Environment Canada is investigating the weather event as a "probable tornado" based on photographs but, at this point, isn't sending a field team to investigate because the damage appears to be isolated, unlike another possible tornado that touched down in Hawkesville, near Kitchener-Waterloo.

Environment Canada also has confirmed that there was localized flooding in north Waterloo.

Dave Epp snapped pictures of the twister Friday from his home on Mersea Road 1, just east of Leamington.

The tornado lifted farm equipment weighing over a ton, including a fork lift, and caused sheds and farm buildings to be completely destroyed. "[There were] no reports of any further damage in any other area", says Kuhn.

Kuhn says there's a definite possibility that both Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent could see more tornadoes this summer. Epp's brother has two sets of solar panels that were destroyed with the panels scattered throughout the field.

Hawkesville, along with Elmira, St. Jacobs, and north Waterloo were hit with strong winds and heavy rain for most of Friday night, since the bulk of the storm was formed in that area.

The tornado touched down about 5:40 p.m., while a Tornado Watch was in effect, damaging solar panels and a greenhouse.

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

Investigators with Environment Canada were sent to the area on Saturday to survey the damage.

Earlier, meteorologist Rob Kuhn said if these two tornadoes were confirmed, it would bring the count this year up to nine in southwestern Ontario.

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