Environment Canada says tornado with 180 km/hr wind speeds hit Hawkesville, Ont., farm – Kitchener-Waterloo

An EF-2 tornado touched down briefly on a farm southwest of the village of Hawkesville, Ont., on Friday night, destroying two sheds and tossing around some equipment, Environment Canada has confirmed.

No one was injured when the tornado tracked on the ground for a few hundred metres, according to Rob Kuhn, severe weather meteorologist for Environment Canada who is based in Toronto. Hawkesville is northwest of the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo.

The tornado hit the farm as a severe storm blew through much of southwestern Ontario Friday night, causing damage to crops and buildings.

Photo taken from a drone over a farm building near Hawkesville, Ont. shows damage from a reported tornado on August 11, 2017. (Nate Leis/Twitter)

Kuhn said the twister blew through the farm at about 7:30 p.m. with wind speeds estimated to be about 180 kilometres per hour. It brought rain and intense lightning to the area. 

“There has been some significant damage to a couple of well-built sheds and some heavy farm equipment was tossed,” Kuhn said. “There were also some swirls in the crops, all suggesting tornado damage. The village itself was not affected.”

He said the tornado was on the ground for less than five minutes. Most of the damage was to the farm and occurred mostly where it touched down initially. No livestock was injured, he said. Some hydro poles snapped in two and some trees were damaged.

It is not known how many, if any, people were on the farm at the time. 

Environment Canada sent a representative to the area to assess the damage and that person determined on Saturday that it was a tornado. 

Photo from an aerial drone shows flattened crops and debris after a reported tornado near Hawkesville, Ont. Aug. 11, 2017. (Nate Leis/Twitter)

Kuhn said Environment Canada had issued a tornado warning for the area at 7:33 p.m. on Friday. About 40 minutes earlier, it had issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area that included a statement…

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