After studying the damage and analyzing radar data, Environment Canada has now concluded that three separate tornadoes touched down in and around Leamington in early June.
The first tornado occurred south of Harrow, between Dunn road and Erie road, and was rated as an F1 on the Fujita scale. The second touched down in southern Leamington and was rated as an F2 tornado. The third also occurred in southern sections of Leamington and has been labeled F1 on the Fujita scale.
The thunderstorms that spawned the tornadoes also triggered significant downbursts, which contributed to the widespread damage. Metal was wrapped around poles, roofs were blown off houses and massive trees came crashing down on cars. Thousands of residents were left without electricity. A state of emergency was declared in Leamington within a few hours of the storm hitting. Damages are estimated into the millions of dollars.
With this reassessment of the June 6th severe weather event, the total number of tornadoes in Ontario this year now stands at six. A twister touched down in eastern Ontario, Midland and Washago last month, as well.