Total of nine tornadoes have touched down in southwestern Ontario this year
By Kaitlynn Anderson
Two tornadoes touched down in southwestern Ontario on Friday evening, causing damage in two rural locations.
The first, an EF-0 tornado, was confirmed near Leamington around 5:40 p.m., according to an article released by Global News.
With winds reaching up to 130 km per hour, the tornado damaged multiple solar panels and a greenhouse.
Hours later, the second tornado touched down near Hawkesville around 7:30 p.m., according to Global.
This tornado, classified as an EF-2, had winds reaching 180 km per hour.
“There has been some significant damage to a couple of well-built sheds and some heavy farm equipment was tossed,” Rob Kuhn, Environment Canada’s severe weather meteorologist, said in a CBC News article Saturday.
The tornado also damaged some crops, hydro poles and trees, according to Kuhn.
Some of the footage of the damage to a local farm from this tornado was captured with a drone by Nate Leis, a first responder in the New Hamburg area:
“When I arrived on Friday night around 8 p.m., I was at a loss for words,” said Leis.
“It wasn’t until Saturday morning that I was able to get a good look at the path and the extent of the damage.”
No injuries have been reported by anyone in either location.
After Friday’s weather events, southwestern Ontario has a total of nine tornadoes so far in 2017, Global News reported.
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