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Tornado Hits LaSalle & Windsor

Wednesday August 24th, 2016, 7:43pm

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“Just witnessed a tornado in LaSalle” by reader Geno Olivastri

Last updated: Sunday August 28th, 1:34pm

Environment Canada has confirmed a tornado has made its way through LaSalle, Windsor and Essex County resulting in significant damage and dozens of EMS calls for reported injuries.

Details are still emerging but a tornado appeared without warning and roughly tracked from the Detroit River to Victory Drive in LaSalle, then towards East Windsor.

The tornado then struck an industrial area bound roughly by Walker Road to the West, EC Row Expressway to the North, and Central Avenue to the East.

The storm’s destructive force caused vehicles to be moved, windows to be broken, and walls and other elements from nearby buildings to be torn off and hurled at a distance.

(See photos of serious damage to buildings on Kautex and Deziel Drive.)

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens says the City’s Emergency Operations Centre has been opened.

Windsor Firefighters also battled a house fire on Howard Avenue. It’s not immediately clear if the blaze was related to the storm.

In LaSalle, where the tornado first struck, officials say there were no injuries.

(Learn more about the tornado conditions in LaSalle here.)

Readers and citizens out and about snapped photos and video of the tornado and the resulting damage.

(See more reader photos here.)

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