Crews work to restore power, clean up from heavy storm

Many people are left cleaning up the damage after Tuesday night's thunderstorm that ripped down trees and left thousands without power.

Thousands of customers left without power last night, six still off the grid

Storm in the Windsor-Essex region came in with heavy rain, penny size hail and strong winds, downing trees and leaving thousands without power. (Chris Farrell/Twitter)

Many people are left cleaning up the damage after Tuesday night's thunderstorm that ripped down trees and left thousands without power. 

According to Environment Canada, the downpour passed through the Windsor-Essex area between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Windsor airport recorded wind gusts of up to 100 km/h. 

"There was also an OPP report of a weather report in regards to this damaging wind and possible tornado. Winds removed the barn roof and doors in the Colchester South Township," said Yoseph Mengesha, a meteorologist with Environment Canada. 

Mengesha said a survey team could go out Wednesday to confirm if the damage caused by the storm is consistent with a tornado. 

Hydro One said at its peak 16,000 people were without electricity, with reports of thunder, lightening and hail in much of Essex County. 

Power was restored to most customers, but there are still six not on the grid yet. They're expected to have power back by 11:45 a.m. 

Pelee Island's hydro was back up by 3:50 a.m. 

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