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Angus, Ont. tornado: Up to 100 homes temporarily condemned

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 2:54 PM - The Ontario Provincial Police has temporarily condemned between 80 and 100 homes in Angus, Ont. after a violent tornado touched down Tuesday evening.

"I know that it is not nice to be out of your home, but we can’t have people going in to places that are unsafe," Const. Kelly Daniels said to a group of reporters Wednesday morning.

"There could be damage on one person’s property that may affect somebody else’s property and of course we need to look at foundations and things like that."

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Daniels said that officials will be assessing the safety of the homes and there's no timeline on when residents will be allowed to return.

According to Environment Canada, the preliminary EF-2 tornado touched down at 5:20 p.m. Tuesday, packing winds of 180 kilometres per hour and lasting for about a minute.

The twister left a path of damage in its wake, tearing the roofs off of houses, ripping tree branches in half and downing power lines.

In spite of the significant damage, no serious injuries have been reported.

A temporary shelter has been set up at a local arena for displaced residents. According to Terry Dowdall, the Mayor of Essa Township, about 100 people took advantage of it Tuesday evening.

The township is currently under a state of emergency as officials assess the damage.

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