August 12, 2017 10:05 am
Updated: August 12, 2017 2:11 pm

Environment Canada confirms 2 tornadoes hit southwestern Ontario Friday

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


Environment Canada has confirmed two tornadoes touched down in southwestern Ontario Friday night.

The weather service said in a statement that a “damage assessment team” confirmed an EF-2 Tornado touched down near Hawksville, Ont., near Waterloo, around 7:30 p.m.

Winds were said to have reached 180 km/h.

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“Farm buildings and sheds were damaged, with one anchored shed completely destroyed,” the statement said. “Farm equipment weighing over a ton was knocked over, including a forklift, a metal press and a grain drill.

“Power lines were snapped and continuous lightning was associated with the twister.”

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

The statement also confirmed an EF-O Tornado with maximum winds of 130 km/h touched down near Leamington, Ont., around 5:40 p.m.

Multiple solar panels and a greenhouse were damaged as a result.

No injuries were reported in either incident.

The confirmed tornadoes brings the count to nine in southwestern Ontario so far this year.


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