- Communities have been left reeling after a massive thunderstorm slammed across areas of southern Ontario, killing five people and leaving tens of thousands without electricity.
- According to Ontario Provincial Police, a tree fell on a camper trailer at Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area in Kitchener.
- Many highways in Uxbridge were closed due to storm damage and substantial power outages, prompting officials to declare a municipal state of emergency.
After a major thunderstorm ripped across parts of southern Ontario, leaving 5 persons dead as well as tens of thousands without power, communities have been left reeling.
Throughout the afternoon as well as an evening of Saturday, police confirmed the deaths.
A woman in her 70s was struck by a falling tree while walking alone near Belmont Drive and Birchbank Road in Brampton, Ont. The lady was taken to the hospital but ultimately died, according to police.
A tree fell on a camper trailer at Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area in Kitchener, according to Ontario Provincial Police. Two people were killed, and one was injured.
In Ottawa, two more deaths have been confirmed. After being struck by falling trees, a 44-year-old male in Greater Madawaska and a 59-year-old man in the city’s west end were pronounced dead.
Gatineau police have confirmed a fifth death in Quebec. According to investigators, a 51-year-old lady was murdered after her boat capsized in the Ottawa River near Masson-Angers.
Environment Canada issued a weather warning and sent an emergency alert to Ontario citizens’ phones shortly before the storm hit.
Winds near Kitchener were gusting to 132 kilometers per hour around 1 p.m., while winds at Toronto’s Pearson Airport were gusting to 120 kilometers per hour.
The wind and rain felled multiple trees and lived hydro cables. According to Hydro One, more than 350,000 people were without power by Saturday evening.
Storm damage and significant power outages forced many highways to close in Uxbridge, prompting officials to declare a municipal state of emergency.
Hydro One said that slightly over 269,000 customers in Ontario were without power at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.
“Additional resources have indeed been called in to help with power restoration,” a storm warning on their website adds. “However, we believe it may take several days to restore all customers due to considerable damage.”
Source: CTV news
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