August 11, 2017 9:18 pm
Updated: August 12, 2017 1:08 am

Reports of damage north of Waterloo, Ont., after tornado warning issued

WATCH ABOVE: Emergency personnel are responding to reports of damage near the Waterloo region after Environment Canada issued a tornado warning Friday evening.


Officials are investigating reports of damage near Waterloo after Environment Canada issued a tornado warning on Friday evening.

A Waterloo Regional Police Service spokesman said officers were called to Hawkesville, a community located 10 minutes west of St. Jacobs, after receiving property damage calls. The spokesman said police were aware of damage to a barn and a silo.

An Environment Canada spokesman told Global News the weather agency first started receiving reports of snapped hydro poles and property debris in the Hawkesville area at around 7:30 p.m.

WATCH: Barn destroyed, hydro pole snapped in Waterloo region after unconfirmed reports of a tornado

He said meteorologists haven’t confirmed tornado activity as of Friday evening, adding a survey team might be sent out Saturday to inspect the area as Environment Canada continues to gather reports.

The spokesman said a severe thunderstorm warning went into effect at 7:28 p.m. for the Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo areas. It was escalated to a tornado warning minutes later based on information received by meteorologists.

The region also dealt with heavy rainfall after the storm slowed down.

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