Environment Canada confirms two tornadoes touched down in southwestern Ontario

At the time, an Environment Canada severe thunderstorm and tornado watch was in effect for the Windsor, Essex County and Chatham-Kent areas.

The two tornadoes touched down in Leamington, Ont., a community about 350 kilometres southwest of Toronto, and the area of Hawkesville, Ont., near Kitchener.

Environment Canada says farm buildings and sheds were damaged with one anchored shed destroyed.

Officials say an EF-0 tornado with winds of up to 130 km/h hit the Leamington area.

Residents near Leamington and Wheatley are reporting damages to solar panels and greenhouses after what they describe as a tornado tore through the county Friday evening.

Environment Canada estimated the track to be about 5 km.

It also said power lines were snapped and continuous lightning was associated with the twister.

Residents near Leamington and Wheatley shared pictures of a funnel cloud on social media Friday night along with pictures of damaged solar panels and greenhouses.

“It just missed my brother’s house by about a 100 feet”, he said.

“There’s a mess of glass everywhere”, Epp said.

He says that if these two tornadoes are confirmed, it will bring the count this year up to nine in southwestern Ontario. The second touched down a short while later in Windsor near Walker Road, tracking eight kilometres.

He says the region typically sees about 14 tornadoes in a year.