A survey damage team for Environment Canada has confirmed that a weak tornado caused some damage in Delaware just west of London.
The national weather agency also sent some structural engineers from Western University to survey the scene on Thursday afternoon.
“What they found was some siding removed from two homes, a glass railing broken and blown around the corner of a house, a play structure was moved from one yard to another and the trees between seem untouched, and they also observed a swirling pattern in a nearby corn field,” said Environment Canada severe weather meteorologist Ria Olsen.
The storm, which passed through the region between noon and 2 p.m. Thursday, brought with it heavy rain and gusty winds. Peak wind speeds were estimated at 90 km per hour. Officials estimate the tornado travelled about 50 metres and was only 10 metres wide.
“It would be rated zero on the enhanced Fujita scale, so the lowest possible rating,” said Olsen.
Some Delaware residents and motorists on nearby Hwy. 402 reported seeing what appeared to be a funnel cloud around 1 p.m. Thursday.
“It was dark, it was raining, and I was just coming out of my garage, because I was coming from lunch and going to the job site, and across the street there was a corn field, and I just noticed the corn just swirling and going back and forth,” said Delaware resident Frank Mastrandrea. “All of a sudden, I saw the rain start going into a swirl too, and it kept going right across the corn field and hit two houses head on.”
AM980 citizen reporter Sherry Johnson-Peck caught the possible tornado on camera as she was travelling down the 402. You can watch her footage below. (Note: Strong language)