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Possible tornado touches down in Windsor area causing damage

August 24, 2016   by The Canadian Press

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WINDSOR, Ont. – Multiple reports of a possible tornado touching down in southwestern Ontario flooded social media as a wild storm passed through Wednesday evening.

Environment Canada said an eyewitness saw the tornado near LaSalle, a bedroom community of Windsor, at 7:10 p.m. local time.

Related: [Updated]: Possible tornado in Windsor, Ont., area damages homes; 3 injured

Windsor police were warning residents to avoid the Deziel Drive area because of damage.

They also reported that hydro poles were knocked down in the city and there were some live wires as a result.

Tom Greer, a resident of LaSalle, Ont., said he was on his back porch with his girlfriend watching the storm when he saw funnel clouds forming in the distance.

“I’ve never seen anything like it before,” said Greer, adding that he saw tree branches and other debris swirling around.

He said the area with the most damage was just a kilometre away from his home.

“We went for a drive afterward and some houses had the roofs torn off,” Greer said of the homes on Victory Street – the area that he said sustained the most damage.

Environment Canada described the storm and possible tornado as a “dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation.”

The national weather agency lifted its tornado warning at about 8 p.m.

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