LaSalle was first with an EF1 tornado, which was soon followed by an EF2 that hit Windsor.
for Ontario and the National Capital Region
updated by Environment Canada
at 12:52 a.m. EDT Friday 26 August 2016.
6th and 7th Tornadoes of the Year in Ontario.
Two tornadoes struck Essex County Wednesday evening. At around 7:06
PM on Wednesday, a supercell thunderstorm developed rapidly over the
Detroit River to the west of LaSalle. An Environment Canada and
Western University damage survey team has concluded that the tornado
that affected LaSalle was an Enhanced Fujita Scale 1 (EF1) tornado
with peak winds between 135 and 175 km/h. The maximum width of
damage was 250 to 300 metres and the length of the track was 2
Soon after the tornado struck LaSalle Wednesday evening, a second
tornado formed over the Windsor area. The worst damage occurred
along a track from the area of Walker Road between Sydney Avenue and
Seymour Boulevard extending towards the vicinity of the E.C. Row
Expressway and Central Avenue. Another Environment Canada and
Western University damage survey team has rated this tornado as a
high-end Enhanced Fujita Scale 2 (EF2) tornado with peak winds
between 200 and 220 km/h. The maximum width of this tornado was 200
metres and the length of the track was 8 kilometres.
The investigation into the events of Wednesday night continues and
this bulletin will be updated as new information becomes available.
Environment Canada has confirmed 7 tornadoes in Ontario so far this
year. The summer severe weather season normally runs from late April
until early October. Environment Canada confirms an average of 12
tornadoes each year in Ontario.
Please note that this summary may contain preliminary or unofficial
information and does not constitute a complete or final report.