Tornado Hits LaSalle & Windsor
Wednesday August 24th, 2016
Posted at 7:43pm
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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.
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens says the City’s Emergency Operations Centre has been opened.
Our emergency operations centre has been opened to get a proper assessment of the damage and to coordinate our efforts. No injuries reportd
— Drew Dilkens (@drewdilkens) August 25, 2016
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.
LaSalle Fire on scene of tornado scene on Victory St.
— Lasalle Fire Service (@LasallefireON) August 24, 2016
Readers and citizens out and about snapped photos and video of the tornado and the resulting damage.
— Jay Douma (@yajamuod) August 25, 2016