- The death toll from the horrific storm that swept across Ontario over the weekend increased to 11 on Thursday, with police reporting another fatality.
- About 68,800 customers are still without power, according to Hydro One, with residents in the Bancroft, Perth, and Tweed regions likely to be without power for several days.
On Thursday, the death toll from the catastrophic storm that swept across Ontario over the weekend climbed to 11, with another fatality reported by police.
A 58-year-old male was struck by a falling tree in a remote region of the Municipality of Marmora & Lake, according to the Ontario Provincial Police’s Central Hastings detachment.
According to the force, officers responded on Saturday afternoon, and the man was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.
Nine of the 11 people murdered in the storm were hit by a falling tree on Saturday, with a tenth killed by a falling tree branch the next day in the aftermath. In Quebec, a woman drowned when her boat capsized.
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A derecho — a rare broad windstorm connected with a line of thunderstorms — erupted near Sarnia, Ont., then traveled northeastward through the province and into Quebec, according to Environment Canada.
In other regions, the storm uprooted trees, damaged power lines, and caused major property damage.
As restoration work began on Thursday, thousands of residents in Ontario were still without electricity.
According to Hydro One, about 68,800 customers are still without power, with those in the Bancroft, Perth, and Tweed regions expecting to be without power for several days.
45,000 customers are still without power, according to Hydro Ottawa, although most are anticipated to have service restored by Friday.
After the storm hit on Saturday, Peterborough became the latest community in Ontario to declare an emergency.
Residents in the area were encouraged to avoid needless travel to let emergency services respond to calls for help with toppled trees and power lines.
Uxbridge, northeast of Toronto, and also the Townships of Greater Madawaska and Clarence-Rockland, have all proclaimed states of emergency.
Source: CTV News
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