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Tornadoes Hit Windsor And Essex County On Tuesday

Thursday August 21st, 2014, 6:53pm


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A person with an umbrella walks to inspect a large branch that landed across California Avenue on Tuesday

An Environment Canada storm investigation team has confirmed that two tornadoes occurred in Windsor and Essex County around 6:30pm on Tuesday.

The first was  in south Windsor to the east of Huron Church Road near Grand Marais Road West. The width of the damage track was about 150 metres and the length of damage was around 1.5 kilometres.

(See photos of major storm damage in South Windsor)

Officials say that this type of narrow damage track is consistent with that of a tornado. Along the track a number of trees were snapped or lost large branches. In addition a gazebo was destroyed and some homes lost shingles as well. They say that this type of damage is consistent with an enhanced Fujita scale zero (ef zero) tornado with winds between 90 and 130 kilometres per hour.

The second happened at roughly the same time to the northeast of Harrow. It was there that a barn on a farm property had part of its roof removed along with other damage. The damage on this farm property was very localized with the debris being scattered in different directions.  This is also consistent with damage done by an enhanced Fujita scale zero (ef zero) tornado.

This now brings the total count of tornadoes in Ontario this year to 15. Ontario normally confirms 12 tornadoes each year in a season that runs from late April until early October.

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