Environment Canada has now confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in the Windsor area Wednesday night after completing an investigation in the city and in nearby LaSalle.
The national weather service confirmed Thursday night that there were two tornadoes in the Windsor area—the first in LaSalle, the second in Windsor—and both came from the same storm. The first tornado was an EF1 with peak winds between 135-175 km/h, the second was an EF2 with peak winds between 200-220 km/h.
Reports of the first tornado in LaSalle came at around 7:10 p.m. when a violent storm was raging through the Windsor suburb. The second, which touched down in east Windsor, came shortly after. Officials say the second twister was as wide as 200 metres and had a track of eight kilometres.
Environment Canada officials confirmed the two tornadoes after working with a team of engineers from Western University on Thursday.
The tornadoes caused damage to more than a dozen homes and businesses and injured four people.
Meanwhile, Environment Canada officials have been under fire from critics who say they should have warned citizens about the storm earlier. A tornado warning wasn’t released until approximately 15 minutes after the first tornado had ripped through LaSalle.
“As it crossed the Detroit River and approached LaSalle, it intensified very rapidly,” Environment Canada Meteorologist Geoff Coulson told AM980. “Because of the speed at which it developed, and the fact that forecasters hadn’t learned about the first tornado until about 7:20 p.m., by the time it [tornado warning] had went out, both events had already occurred.”
During a Thursday morning press conference, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens said about 15 households were displaced by the storm. Inspectors are reportedly examining the homes to see if and when residents can return.