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Tornadoes leave path of destruction in Windsor area


Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Friday, August 26, 2016, 7:19 AM - It may be some time until the full extent of the damage is known, but clean-up continues after two tornadoes hit southwestern Ontario Wednesday night.

What started as a thunderstorm risk led to a slew of tornado warnings around the Windsor, Essex, Chatham, and Kent areas shortly after the dinner hour.


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QUICK FACTS:

  • 7:10 p.m. images surface of tornado touching down near Windsor, Ont, including LIVE coverage of the storm unfolding from The Weather Network's Storm Hunter, Mark Robinson
  • 7:28 p.m. Environment Canada issues tornado warning for Windsor, Essex and Chatham-Kent, warning ends at 7:52 p.m.
  • Three people suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to hospital
  • Many downed trees and powerlines in central and east Windsor
  • Numerous power outages reported
  • Power restored at Transit Windsor
  • Over a dozen homes damaged, Red Cross assisting with displaced residents
  • EC Row Expressway re-opened in both directions Thursday
  • Environment Canada confirmed two tornadoes touched down in Essex County. EF-1 in LaSalle and EF-2 in Windsor area.

Dozens of homes were damaged as the line of severe storms swept through uprooting trees and leading to widespread power outages.

"It's devastating destruction," says The Weather Network's Jeff Harrington, who was reporting live Thursday in LaSalle, Ontario just outside of Windsor. "Roofs torn off homes, trees snapped like twigs just littering the ground. Incredible, incredible damage."


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Emergency officials are describing the clean-up as a "painstaking process" as crews travel street by street to gain a complete understanding of the impact and damage. These terrifying photos and videos speak for themselves.

The aftermath:

The tornado:

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