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Two confirmed tornadoes touched down in southwestern Ontario last night, says Environment Canada (update)

Fortunately, no injuries have been reported from either tornado
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WEATHER SUMMARY

ENVIRONMENT CANADA

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Updated by Environment Canada at 1:08 p.m. EDT Saturday August 12, 2017.

Two tornadoes from Friday confirmed. 

Late Friday afternoon, a thunderstorm moved from lower Michigan across Essex County and reached Leamington near 5.40 PM. Photographs taken at that time support the confirmation of an EF-0 tornado with maximum winds of 130 km/h. The tornado damaged solar panels and a greenhouse. 

Meanwhile, an Environment Canada damage assessment team has confirmed an EF-2 tornado near Hawksville at about 7:30 PM. The tornado moved from west to east across Hawksville then to just south of Elmira and then toward the village of Maryhill. The track is estimated at about 5 kilometres. Farm building and sheds were damaged with one anchored shed completely destroyed. Farm equipment weighing over a ton was knocked over including a fork lift, a metal
press and a grain drill. Power lines were snapped. Continuous lightning was associated with the twister. Maximum winds are estimated at 180 km/h. 

Fortunately, no injuries have been reported from either tornado.

Please note that this summary may contain preliminary or unofficial information and does not constitute a complete or final report.

The original news release by Environment Canada posted earlier today by GuelphToday can be seen below:

An active weather day over southwestern Ontario on Friday. 

Late Friday afternoon, a thunderstorm moved from lower Michigan across Essex County and reached Leamington near 5:40 p.m. Radar and  photographs taken at that time support the occurrence of a probable tornado in the area. There are reports of damage to solar panels and a greenhouse. 

Around 7:30 p.m. Friday, another quickly rotating thunderstorm moving from west to east passed over Hawkesville and continued east likely passing just south of Elmira towards the village of Maryhill. Photographs of the thunderstorm as well as subsequent damage photos in the area suggest this was a second possible tornado in the Hawkesville area. There are reports of snapped power poles and debris in open fields. Continuous lightning was associated with this thunderstorm. 

A team is investigating the wind damage in the Hawkesville area of Waterloo Region.

Please note that this summary may contain preliminary or unofficial information and does not constitute a complete or final report.

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