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Ottawa (AFP) June 18, 2014
A tornado Tuesday afternoon destroyed or badly damaged up to 100 homes in Canada's Ontario province, authorities said Wednesday after surveying the devastation.
"It's pretty bad," government Minister Kellie Leitch told a nationally-televised press conference, adding that the twister destroyed "up to 100 homes."
"Some houses have almost the entire roofs off, some half the roofs off, some the back of the house is collapsed. And it's pretty devastating," she said.
A state of emergency has been declared in the township of Essa, north of Toronto, after Environment Canada reported an "EF-2" twister on the 0-6 Enhanced Fujita scale.
The tornado touched down at 5:20 pm Tuesday in Angus and tracked east for 15 minutes, with winds of up to 180 kilometers (111 miles) per hour.
"The (accompanying) thunderstorms did bring sudden very heavy downpours, gusty winds, and frequent lighning," the government agency said.
The tornado flipped vehicles and scattered debris.
Some 6,000 area homes remained without power Wednesday morning and an emergency shelter has been set up at a nearby military base for as many as 300 people.
There were no reports of serious injuries.
Weather News at TerraDaily.com
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