Storm Kills 8 in Canada, 250,000 Homes Without Power

At least 8 people were killed after a storm ravaged southern Canadian provinces while an estimated 250,000 homes were left without power.

According to Environment Canada, wind gusts of up to 132 km/h were recorded in Kitchener, Ontario while wind gusts of up to 120 km/h were recorded in Toronto and Ottawa on Sunday.

The severe thunderstorm has led to at least 8 deaths and several injuries throughout Canada so far. 

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reported that a 77-year-old woman was killed in Port Hope by a fallen tree “when a violent weather system swept through the area.”

In Quebec, a 51-year-old lady was pronounced dead after her boat capsized in the Ottawa River near Masson-Angers.

The additional 6 deaths recorded in Ottawa and Ontario were caused by fallen trees that struck citizens.

The storm damage has prompted the communities of Uxbridge, north of Toronto, and Clarence-Rockland, east of Ottawa, to declare states of emergency, while hundreds of thousands remain without power across Ontario and Quebec as crews seek to restore services.

Canadian electricity provider Alectra said that “Crews continue to work on the remaining 24,000 customer outages,” which are “Heavily concentrated in York and Peel regions.”

Alectra also confirmed efforts of power restoration on Vaughan, Markham, Richmond Hill, Aurora, Brampton, Mississauga, Hamilton, and Guelph.

Authorities all over Canada discourage travel between provinces that were affected by the storm due to “hazardous roads.”

“Police remind residents to avoid travel if possible. Some areas in the city have downed electrical wires or trees and traffic lights at intersections may not be working, making roads hazardous. Let’s keep roads clear for road crews and emergency services to work.” said the Ottawa Police.

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