Funnel Cloud, Outages With Civic Holiday Storm – GALLERY

A tree is seen down across Front Rd. near the railroad tracks on August 6, 2018. Photo provided by Tracy Ward/Facebook. Used with permission.

Southwestern Ontario got drenched and blown around a bit as storms moved through Monday afternoon.

A line of strong thunderstorms moved through Windsor-Essex shortly after 3pm, bringing with it heavy downpours and high winds. Another line of storms moved through Windsor-Essex around 8:30pm, bringing with it more heavy downpours.

Environment Canada says a funnel cloud was reported near Amherstburg, though there were no reports of touchdowns. The weather agency says this may account for isolated pockets of higher winds in that area.

These storms were capable of heavy rain, frequent lightning and winds with gusts approaching 90km/hr.

Portions of the city of Windsor, along with LaSalle and Amherstburg, experienced soaking rains for a few minutes around 3:30pm as the storm moved through.

There were reports of trees being blown down and lying on power lines and across roadways. Social media users spotted areas of trees down in LaSalle on Front Rd. and trees on power lines. The majority of this damage was reported in south Windsor, as well as LaSalle.

EnWin utilities reports that as of 3:30pm, over 14,000 customers were without power. Crews were already out trying to get people back online as soon as possible, the utility says. The outages mainly affected customers in Riverside and in west Windsor.

The utility says the restoration efforts were complicated by continued rainfall, darkness and fallen trees. Crews were going to continue working through the night with the hope of having everyone back online Tuesday morning.

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens says via Twitter that there is tree damage across the city and crews are being called in to handle it. To report tree damage, call the Windsor police non-emergency number at (519) 258-6111.

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