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JUL.23, 2010 - Confirmed F0 Tornado In Amherstburg

AMHERSTBURG, Ont. -- An F0 tornado touched down in Amherstburg Friday night, Environment Canada confirmed Saturday, adding there could have been one more twister in Ruthven.
Meteorologist Sarah Wong said the tornado had a track up to a kilometre in length and 100 metres wide. It tore down trees and stripped shingles from roofs, but “the structural damage was confined. It was not severe.”
Environment Canada was on the scene Saturday before heading on to Ruthven to check out the Leisure Lake campground.
A Leisure Lake staffer said about ten trees were down there, and one man suffered a broken arm when he was crushed in a shed. A truck was damaged when a tree fell across it.
The storm, Wong said, came about because of hot and humid weather in the area.
“All you needed was a bit of lift. That’s what happened yesterday. All the ingredients came together.”
Amherstburg Mayor Wayne Hurst said much of the damage was focused around Middle Side Road and River Canard. The former Anderdon police building was also damaged, he said.
Broken trees, destroyed backyards and leaking roofs could be seen along County Road 10 Friday night.
Environment Canada issued a tornado warning for Windsor, Leamington and Essex County at 6:35 p.m.
"I'm not sure whether it was a tornado but there were some wind bursts for sure," said Capt. Brian Ferguson of the Amherstburg Fire Department.
"There's been a lot of damage," he said.
Ferguson said shingles had been ripped off of houses and trees were damaged.
"It's pretty widespread, it's swept through the community," he said.
Across from the fire station on County Road 10, Beth Heneaulet's backyard was turned upside down.
She said about 20 oak, ash and hickory trees were snapped in half or uprooted at about 8 p.m.
"You've gotta see the backyard," said a text message from her 17-year-old daughter, Jenna, who was home alone.
When Heneaulet returned she found shingles off her roof, a leak in her dining room, a destroyed playset and broken garden furniture.
Her sister’s house, next door, also had extensive tree damage. She said about 200 metres away at her parents’ house, she found some her roof’s shingles in the pool and her TV antenna in the yard.
Ferguson said he was not aware of any serious injuries.
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