Severe thunderstorms in Canada caused 5 deaths, hundreds of thousands of people lost power
Power lines were cut, power poles were downed due to thunderstorms. (Photo: CNN)
The Ontario and National Capital Region weather bulletins said: “Five deaths have been reported and several others injured as a result of the incident. strong wind attach thunderstorms. Besides, there was much damage to trees, power lines and buildings. In addition, there are reports of overturned cars as well as power-off widespread”.
The storm developed near Sarnia, a city in the province of Ontario, shortly before noon on May 21 and headed towards southern Ontario toward Ottawa by the afternoon of the same day, according to Environment Canada.
The Paroisse Saint-Hughes Church in Sarsfield, Ontario was damaged by thunderstorms on May 22. (Photo: The Globe and Mail)
The storm left more than 350,000 customers without power. Environment Canada announced on May 22: “The power outage continued today”.
Thunderstorms also swept through downtown Quebec City on May 21, uprooting trees, breaking branches, damaging buildings and leaving more than 500,000 homes without electricity.
Trees fall after a storm in Ottawa. (Photo: The Canadian Press)
Hydro Quebec, the company that manages electricity generation, transmission and distribution in Quebec City, said on its website that the restoration of service was carried out during the night of May 21 and the morning of May 22, Nearly 500 electrical repair workers were mobilized on May 22.
Hydro Quebec said on its website: “Severe thunderstorms moved across Quebec on the night of May 21, causing numerous power outages, mainly in the Laurentians, Outaouais and Lanaudière. At the peak, there were approx. 550,000 customers lost power.”
Hydro One reports that there are still more than 200,000 customers without electricity in the province of Ontario.
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